Taking steps to protect chickens from predators should be on every chicken owner’s mind. What are the important steps to take to guard the chickens? Raccoon, fox, hawks, bears, bobcats and the neighborhood dog, are all capable of wiping out a flock. All carnivorous and omnivorous creatures would be happy to find a chicken waiting […]
Lately we have been dealing with a fox who is either very clever or very hungry and determined. We lost five chickens over several nights and have implemented a few changes, including using foxlights, modifying the chicken tractors and making poor little Taz sleep outside! Read more over on Eight Acres.
Predators are a part of life when it comes to raising livestock. The best way to deal with predator attacks is to prevent them before they ever occur. By taking a few small steps to proactively deal with wildlife, we can help prevent loss and keep our livestock safe — without constantly battling with predators.
The word predator implies something large and fierce — mountain lions, grizzly bears, velociraptors. With this in mind, you wouldn’t think your backyard chickens would have too many enemies. I hate to be a massive buzzkill, but they do. The word predator implies something large and fierce — mountain lions, grizzly bears, velociraptors. With this […]
It is absolutely inevitable. At some point on your homesteading journey, you are most likely going to encounter a predator. But we’re often tasked with that age old question — do you kill the predator, or “let nature take its course” and just try to perfect your security? Maybe you’ve never asked that question, and […]
Predators on the homestead come in many different forms. They range from those invisible to the naked eye that devour a garden overnight, to large carnivorous animals that attack the livestock. Define the predators that threaten your livestock, and learn how we deal with ours and why shooting is a last option.