Saturday, June 13, 2009

Raccoons are of the Devil!

We lost two more of our egg layers. We are down to one. I'm so upset! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's so frustrating not to be able to do anything about it or at least not having the right things to do. I feel like we can't go into town without worrying about our poor helpless sleeping chickens. If anybody knows anything or anyone that can help with these pests, I'm open for any and all suggestions.

3 comments:

Ron said...

Awww, man, I'm sorry to hear that. It sure is frustrating to lose chickens and not really have anything to do differently the next time.

On our coop, I covered all openings with hardware mesh (not chicken wire), and buried mesh around the bottom. I've never had coons get in, at least not yet. We lock them in the coop each night and let them free-range during the day. We've had a few losses that way, but no massacres.

I don't really know your setup, but I think you'll have to set things up so you can lock them in at night... if those coons know there's a meal there, they'll definitely be back. :(

Ron

Woody said...

I feel ya'lls pain...we too have lost way too many of our birds. Mostly due to poor management on my part. Springs or storm door closers are great for coop and run doors and gates. Self latching keepers are fantastic too...just remember to allow yourself a way to get to the latch from the inside. If not you'll have a hilarious post for your blog on waiting for a rescue from your coop or tan escape from the run.

peace

Beau said...

Read your post at Ron's... sorry about the chickens. We don't have any yet, but I've got a lot to think about from reading stories like this.

I have trapped racoons with the rectangular live traps you get at farm stores or by catalog. Then we relocate them a good ways down the road (15 miles+).

Here's some thoughts on Managing Raccoon Problems in Missouri. I think I might be more concerned about the health aspects, and if I saw them catching a chicken they wouldn't be around for long! Good luck..