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Old 05-05-2014, 08:07 PM
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When my wife and I bought our newest set of chicks last February we bought 6 of each breed, for a total of 24.

Out of that 24 we lost around 10 to various predators.

Looking across the flock this evening these are my estimated looses over the past month or so.

Barred Rock - 3
Buff Orpington - 2
Australorp - 3
Rhode Island Red - 3

My wife and I also have an Australorp rooster that is about 6 weeks old and 2 Rhode Island Reds that we bought with the rooster.



To go with losing the new chicks, my wife and I have lost 5 full grown hens in about 8 months. So the loose rate of the new chicks is much greater than the full grown hens.
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That seems high but I suppose it depends on your setup. I'd imagine most people have coops that prevent losses from predators
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My wife and I have each gone out at least once each in the last ten days and seen a coyote not 50 feet from the chicken pen/coop. It's time to do a little predator hunting. I'm also planning on setting my live traps and re-locating any chicken eating varmints I catch. I've been lucky lately, haven't lost any in over a year.
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Once whatever it is getting them, gets away with getting them, they'll keep coming back. We had a possum family last year, but we trapped and got them all and haven't lost any so far this year.
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Once whatever it is getting them, gets away with getting them, they'll keep coming back. We had a possum family last year, but we trapped and got them all and haven't lost any so far this year.
I know a hawk got a couple of the chickens.

There is a stray tomcat that has been hanging around.

Then the puppies killed a couple of chickens.
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Urinate around the coop and fence. It seems to work for me. I have not seen a raccoon near the coop in two years. I did catch a skunk, but that was more for the garden then the coop (I had made the mistake of burying crushed eggs under a few tomato plants to help with calcium... the skunk dug them all up).
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I always figure a loss at 10% with our neighborhood fox, raccoons, opossums, owls and maybe one of our kids stepping on one and squashing it. We bought 40 on April 22 and much to my surprise we haven't lost one yet due to sickness. I put them out in the chicken house today however because my wife was fed up with them stinking up the garage. I put a tarp all around the chicken house and put a heat lamp on them. So I'm hoping no one will get sick. Tomorrow till let them roam outside. I'll probably start losing some them.
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I always figure a loss at 10% with our neighborhood fox, raccoons, opossums, owls and maybe one of our kids stepping on one and squashing it. We bought 40 on April 22 and much to my surprise we haven't lost one yet due to sickness. I put them out in the chicken house today however because my wife was fed up with them stinking up the garage. I put a tarp all around the chicken house and put a heat lamp on them. So I'm hoping no one will get sick. Tomorrow till let them roam outside. I'll probably start losing some them.
I put 36 bigger little guys out in the coop two weeks ago. I lost one last week and this morning, appears both got trampled. I have around 100 smaller ones in the basement. I lost 4 of them last week when it got cold all of a sudden and they must have all huddled together, and these guys got trampled.
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I like to think one advantage we had this year than in the past was that we put vitamins in their water every time we had to re-fill. I noticed by doing this the little chickens seem more alert and have a healthier appetite.
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I've lost my entire flock almost every year I've had chickens. Mink, raccoons, opossum, and hawks are all guilty. They are just doing what varmints are meant to do, but it sure gets frustrating. Having a creek running through our property while living 300 yards from a river makes for a steady stream of predators.

Keeping chickens has turned me colder, before them I would never have ran outside with a gun at 5 a.m. in order to deal death to a nosy raccoon or opossum.

The best advice I can give you is to surround your chicken enclosure with wooden posts laid around the bottom. We dug all around our old coop and sunk them in so nothing could dig under it. Then we used chicken wire to completely cover the top of the outer pen as well. If you do this and have a tight coop, you should see a drastic reduction in killings.

And one more tidbit for you; if you lock them up at night for 364 days but forget them on the 365th, something will kill them all on that one night.
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