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post #21 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 04:57 PM
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We're dealing with Coyotes right now.

HUGE pack of them, neighbor (whose a horrible shot) is estimating about 15-20 and they are literally running through the "back yards" of houses. We heard them last night, not sure where on our property but the neighbor had long scared them off with a really lousy shot before hubby got out there with the shotgun.

Chickens are safely locked up before dark, so they are safe. Mostly worried about the dwarf goats (neighbors are losing lambs/goats to this pack).

Anyone know how high a coyote can jump? Goats have 4 feet of field fencing topped with a strand of barbed wire, so total fence is about 5 ft tall. All gates are wired with field fencing as well (freakin escape artist goats!).
Hate to be the bearer of bad news... but coyote can scale fences as well as jump a 5' fence if they really want what is inside. Of course they can dig under too.
Not sure where you live, but if the pack is about that size and there are that many livestock losses I would be calling the local game commission or animal control to get some live catch traps put out.
Again, it all depends on the game laws and where you live as to whether trapping is legal and/or something the county can even provide for you.

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post #22 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 10:51 PM
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My friend at work has a Great Pyrenees dog that protects their chickens and goats. My old hound seems to be brave enough to keep the raccoons and possums run off anyway.

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post #23 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 12:15 AM
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I lost my entire flock in one night last year. Skunks came in and destroyed the whole bunch, about 45 hens. We re-did the coop with hardware cloth all around the base, dug down into the dirt so they can't dig in. We wrapped the base of the coop with hardware cloth and then set a cinder block foundation that I filled with cement, so no digging under and up through the floors. So Far, So Good, I'm crossing my fingers that this flock lasts to point of lay.

The skunk was dispatched along with a couple of his cousins and then I found a momma possum in my cat food can so I took the lid to the can and closed it back up, took it out to the grass and got my 9 mm and shot that sucker dead. There's nothing I hate worse than a possum. BRRRR those things creep me out!

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post #24 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 01:12 AM
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A couple secrets from someone who deals with varmints (coyotes, skunk, fox, etc) with extreme prejudice every year.
A skunk will spray every time they get shot. Been there done that. It sucks.
When I trap them, I have an injection stick that essentially puts them to sleep while tensing their muscles so they don't spray.
39 skunks later, and I haven't gotten blasted yet.
Coyotes and fox want the easy meal. These animals are very intelligent, and they learn quickly.
Anyplace I deal with that has an abundance of coyotes, generally is pretty thick with fox too.
The easiest way is to trap them in foot hold traps.
I would lay out a trap minefield across their favorite travel routes, and bait them with chicken innards. They have a taste for such things, and like easy meals.
Best bet is to locate trappers in your area that can help resolve your issues quickly.
You're looking for nuisance wildlife animal control experts.
Or, pm me and I will share some of what I know.
Most isn't fit for public consumption, and can be quite graphic in nature.

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post #25 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 06:47 AM
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Where did you get the injection stick? And what's in the injection?

Definitely need one of those.
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post #26 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 10:55 AM
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Around here, coyotes literally go through and across our back pastures to and from the wooded areas (total of about 500 acres). We have horses in the outlying pastures and the sheep are closer to the house. Horses, donkeys and llamas (in pairs) are generally effective in deterring coyotes as long as they're finding other wildlife in the woods. I've read that one dog may not be enough...the coyotes can gang up on the dog, lure him to the side of the pasture, and then the other half of the coyotes go around him to get to the sheep or goats. Crafty little devils.
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post #27 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 11:14 AM
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Ah .. a chicken's life. Everything wants to eat it!

Friday nite we got home about 11pm. I walked up the hill with the flashlight to see if DD15 had closed the pop door as I asked. It was closed. I almost turned around and then decided to walk on up there and shine a light in the coop just to make sure everything was ok.

I saw about 10" of snake tail coming out of some hay. Called DH on the cellphone (yes .. from the coop to the house) and he came up with the .22.

I pulled the stupid begger out by his tail and DH shot him in the head.. he had eaten one 4 week old chick.

Won't have the guts to do that again ......

Oh, he was a big 'ol black Texas Rat snake .. otherwise know as a chicken snake.

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post #28 of 34 Old 06-25-2012, 06:50 PM
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A skunk that is considerably smaller than the trap it's in can still spray just fine, with or without the tarp on it.

If you can't be brave, then be determined, and you'll end up at the same place.
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Right now were on the war path for the sick foxes that are around us. I have our live trap set again tonight with fresh dog food and hopefully won't catch anything I don't want....
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post #30 of 34 Old 06-30-2012, 03:31 PM
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lost one chick recently,,, to a stray cat,, i hope he dont come around anymore,, dad has a different idea then catching and rehoming him...:/ haha << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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