Predators and Pests

This category covers chicken predators and pests.

  1. Springtime is Snake Time

    As the weather starts to warm up, it will not be long before all sorts of creepy, crawly, and slithery things emerge from their winter hiding spots. It is the slithery thing in particular that are of great concern to chicken owners. Not only will snakes eat eggs and young chicks, but a large enough snake can take down an adult bird as well. Thanks to the exotic pet trade gone bad, pythons are breeding in the wild and as a result, small animals are disappearing at an alarming rate. When it...
  2. The Usual Suspects: 10 Most Common Chicken Predators

    One of the more unpleasant aspects of chicken ownership is dealing with predators. Whether they come by ground or sky, sooner or later they will find their way to your flock. Protecting birds can be difficult, not only during daylight free ranging hours but also at night while they roost. Since predators hunt during the day and at night, chances are that there is always something lurking about in the distance. There are many different types of predators that prey on chickens. It is important...
  3. Are You Ready for Fly Season?

    With spring coming soon, with it will come flies. In addition to being pests, flies have the capability to contaminate food as well as carrying and transmitting bacteria and diseases. Some of the issues flies can spread around are E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, New Castle Disease, and Dysentery, just to name a few. Flies can also cause Botulism within your flock if your chickens eat maggots produced by flies. With the spread of such things possible due to flies, getting rid of them before...
  4. Chickens & Aerial Predators

    Chickens, unfortunately, have many natural predators that travel by air. These predators seek prey during the day (in the case of hawks) as well as during the night (such as owls). Aerial attacks are tough to prevent and birds of prey can decimate a flock over a very short period of time. While these predators can be stopped by a well-made coop, keeping chickens cooped up prevents free ranging. If you want your chickens to be able to free range safely, there are a few preventative measures...
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