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Our chickens keep getting attacked, what should we get to protect them?

Discussion in 'Chickens' started by TXFarmGirl, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Apr 23, 2019
    TXFarmGirl

    TXFarmGirl Overrun with beasties

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    greybeard

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    Yep, you have a fencing problem, and not so much of a predator problem, but the most common poultry predator in East Texas is Barred Owls. They're everywhere. They'll leave a good bit of the chicken carcass, but other vermin will quickly clean up the evidence. Fox, hawks, coyotes, buzzards, and bobcats..even possums and raccoons..they eat whatever the owls leave..

    Free range is a great management style but you have to keep in mind, that predators do it far better than anything else and no dog does much against an owl attack....it happens too quickly. They swoop down, day or night, the talons pierce the skin of the poultry immediately and the poultry is dead. Dog may prevent the owl from eating it's prey, but the damage is already done.
     
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