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Want me to save you the next one?
Nah, heard the taste like chicken. Was a serious question though. Bury, trash, "re-cycle" in the woods?
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We once had what must have been 3 or 4 raccoons tear the door off the chicken coop. Lost 3 hens and a rooster, but the rooster must have put up a good fight because we found a young adult coon dead beside the garage with a hole in the top of its head.
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We once had what must have been 3 or 4 raccoons tear the door off the chicken coop. Lost 3 hens and a rooster, but the rooster must have put up a good fight because we found a young adult coon dead beside the garage with a hole in the top of its head.

When my coop intruder coon struck and I helped him meet Jesus with a .40s&w I was unable to remove him immediately and the next morning my hens sure enjoyed pecking at that bastard a while. Lmao

I've set up a snipers nest in the corner of my elevated front porch 50 yards from the coop complete with chair, shooting rail,1k lumens light and my AR. I spend my evenings here lately waiting and listening. I need my hens and my eggs. Coon taste pretty good too.
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Im sure interested to see what ole Kevs update is. What say you Kev???

I've been having coon warfare out here in half the time it's taken you to possibly get a picture. What's up? Got any chickens left?
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What's the update on this? I've been killing coons like nobody's business trying to get to my chickens.

What's the latest?
Ditto on this Kev, I'm curious to find out what nailed your chicks.

On my end, the dogs, cats and myself are waging the battle royal against rats. In addition to the previously mentioned slain rats in an earlier post, we have killed more since then.

Score: This weekend through today:
Saturday: Me - 1 rat
Sunday: Me - 1 rat, Mac (pit bull)- 1 rat
Monday: Me - 1 1/2 rat, Willie (cat) - 1/2 rat, Mac - 1 rat, Unknown dog/cat - 1 rat
Tuesday: None.

Not as glorious as the 7-9 dead rats in one day but a good days work!

Oh, and this is me running the rats down like the cats and dogs! Not bad for an old, achy-kneed old cur!

And before any of you ask, no I am not eating them!
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Well kev wassup? Still no update? You've visited since we asked. Inquiring minds wanna know
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Yep, I put a coon haunch on the rack under the pork loin I smoked a while ago and the drippings and hickory smoke made it right tasty, kind of peppery. I also brined it for a day before smoking it.
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Something is taking my 3 month old chicks out of the house, eating the meat off the neck and killing the chicks. I found 2 of the chicks, a buff orpington and a rhode island red. Both chicks were intact, except for the neck area which had been eaten.

In the past week around 9 chicks have come up missing.

Last night I set a live trap, this morning nothing was in it.

Today, May 5, 2016, my girlfriend and I went to Circle 3 feed in Jasper Texas where we bought 16 buff orpington chick and 6 Ideal 236 chicks.

Next was a trip to tractor supply in Jasper Texas where I bought a couple of more live traps.

This evening I am going to set out 2 live traps, 2 handhold barrel traps, and 2 trail cameras around the chicken house.

Will update and post pics later.

Update 5-9-2016

Over the past several days I have set live traps out baited with sardines, peanut butter, store bought chicken and blue berries. The predator will not mess with the traps.

Going to set a foothold trap under the wall of the chicken house tonight.

Update 5-9-2016 9:04 pm central time

Trail camera and trap are setup.

What's the latest? As a laying hen guy I wanna know your results. What's the scoop?
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Another idea for coop security is a baby monitor. If folks are willing to spend $ on trail cams and traps then a baby monitor might be a better investment.

If the chickens freak out in the middle of the night you will hear it and catch the culprit in the act.
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Another idea for coop security is a baby monitor. If folks are willing to spend $ on trail cams and traps then a baby monitor might be a better investment.

If the chickens freak out in the middle of the night you will hear it and catch the culprit in the act.
A good idea and not expensive. If you don't sleep like the dead, it'll alert you.

Drifting slightly off-track, since my last post in this thread on killing rats, we've snuffed another 33 or so rats, baby rats, and the assorted mouse by hand, fang, paw and claw! This year is shaping up to be a vermin infested year. More in the past 3 months than the past 14 years!

I still say stick a trusted dog in the coop and leave it with the chickens overnight.
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Update 5-9-2016

Over the past several days I have set live traps out baited with sardines, peanut butter, store bought chicken and blue berries. The predator will not mess with the traps.

Going to set a foothold trap under the wall of the chicken house tonight.

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Bait one of the traps with the chicken carcass -- it will be something the predator is familiar with. Sardines and peanut butter are new.
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Drifting slightly off-track, since my last post in this thread on killing rats, we've snuffed another 33 or so rats, baby rats, and the assorted mouse by hand, fang, paw and claw! This year is shaping up to be a vermin infested year. More in the past 3 months than the past 14 years!
Are you going to be able to secure the coop with a floor or wire to the keep rats out? You will never win the rat battle, only reduce the numbers.

I never have rats in the hen house (solid floor); the feed dishes stay in the run and that is where the rats stay.
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Maybe skunks or foxes. I've got two Momma and Poppa Texas Grey Foxes living in the woods behind me.

They're FAST.
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Maybe skunks or foxes. I've got two Momma and Poppa Texas Grey Foxes living in the woods behind me.



They're FAST.

Apparently we will never find out.
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Apparently we will never find out.
Kev started another thread about broody hens and mentions the 2nd coop with 20 chicks in it.

I would assume (or hope?) he has secured the 2nd coop and resolved the problem since now the focus is on hens hatching out chicks.
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That's all we can do.....assume. Lol
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Are you going to be able to secure the coop with a floor or wire to the keep rats out? You will never win the rat battle, only reduce the numbers.

I never have rats in the hen house (solid floor); the feed dishes stay in the run and that is where the rats stay.
That is going to be difficult. Two of my three coops are 10X10 dog kennels wired up with hardware cloth and chicken wire to increase the security and tarped over for shade/wind shelter. The rats are tunneling under it through solid mud on one of them and kept going till they found the weak areas.

The other 10X10 dog kennel coop was blown loose by a tornado. It's going to have to be lifted and moved onto another area with a hardware cloth floor. Might be cheaper to do cement instead.

The rats can tunnel an easy 2 feet through solid mud you cannot break with a pickaxe. I will need something that cannot be shifted for a floor. Wood rots quickly here so cement may be a better option.

The third coop, a large wooden chicken tractor that is too heavy to move on rutted, hilly ground is a lost cause. I may shift the four birds in it to another coop, tear it down, and save the good parts since the wood is starting to rot in places.

I have very little usable flat land close to the house area. This makes putting anything out in the yard more difficult, especially when it erodes rapidly during massive runoff. Being that I will retire and move in four years, it may not be worth the expense to redo the three coops. I'll take what I've learned here and make a "Fort Knox" chicken coop at the next place.

Plus it is too hot at the moment to exert myself much on the heavy lifting. I'll do that in the Fall when it cools down. Assuming I have some younger relative come visit that can help me lift the coops up so I don't blow my back out. I'll replace the bent poles on the wind-shifted coop once it's moved.

If the damaged coop was empty, I'd disassemble it, move it, and put it back together. However I need it for the seven birds that are in it. It would take me a day or two just to take off the tarps, cut loose the hardware cloth from the fencing, cut the fencing loose from the poles, shift it, and put it back together. I have zip-tied the thing together along with the aluminum ties. It is a slow process.

I have found that putting the feed off the ground, either on a table, or hanging down from the roof cuts down on the rat visits since they have to be standing up in the open. I will do that to the third coop to help with that.

At least the cats are having fun killing all night long!
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That is going to be difficult. Two of my three coops are 10X10 dog kennels wired up with hardware cloth and chicken wire to increase the security and tarped over for shade/wind shelter. The rats are tunneling under it through solid mud on one of them and kept going till they found the weak areas.
Oh, so there is no hen house that you lock them into at night. If that is the case it does sound pretty hopeless, I wouldn't use hardware cloth or cement on the bottom of the run (the wire will lead to foot infections when they try to scratch around).

You could put a floor in a section of the run and wire that off so it is rat proof. If you only have layers (no roosters) then any changes should incorporate all of the birds to save you on daily chores.
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Been there before...it was a WEASEL!!! They prefer to go for the neck and head while leaving the rest. More times than not it will kill more than one bird when it comes for a visit.
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