Garden vermin.

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  1. Thomas Lippert

    Thomas Lippert Member

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    Will hens run off ground hogs? I really hate killing them
    My state views them as an invasive species. I'd prefer a cold war stand off than killing them every year?
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Not likely. A dog would go after them, Guineas might give them fits but they'd just go back in their burrow to escape them.

    You must have one heck of a problem with them.
     

  3. Thomas Lippert

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    I trap 4 to 6 a year. My state views them as an invasive species. I'd prefer not to. Plus my dog is a golden retriever, she eats paste.
     
  4. robin416

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    Are you saying your Golden is not the brightest bulb in the lamp?

    Is there any group or organization that would remove them for you since they are considered invasive?
     
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  6. Sylie

    Sylie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    omg I just spit tea all over my monitor!! *grabs paper towels that are always handy because this happens a lot on this site*
     
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  7. robin416

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    Again?! I'm going to have to start warning you.
     
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  8. TomC

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    HaHaHa!!! Awesome!!!

    A few years ago I had a groundhog start digging around under my shed. I called a conservation agent about it to see what I could do to get rid of it. He told me to trap it or kill it, which ever I preferred. He strongly cautioned me to do it quick. Evidently, he said they seem to have some kind of message system. Once they get established in a place they like, they seem to come from miles around and are next to impossible to get rid of. He told me that even if you clean out this years family, another will take up residence next year. I don't know of any animal that really bothers them enough to get them to move on. Except, maybe a natural predator, like coyotes or something. Unfortunately, that would probably be worse than the groundhogs for your chickens. Plus, them burrowing tunnels and dens would probably eventually make easy access to your chickens for other critters like coons, skunks, snakes, and such. Good Luck.
     
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  9. Thomas Lippert

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    Nope the ground hog is classified as vermin. I was hoping there was a selfdefensive coop.
    Yeah I've trapped quite a few. I was hoping for a more peaceful resolution. Oh well all that ends well and such.
     
  10. robin416

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    Firecrackers in their burrows. :eek:
     
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  11. Thomas Lippert

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    I'll probably just sic me daughter on them IMG_20161105_125101262.jpg
     
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  12. robin416

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    I would have suggested dynomite but that's a little destructive. .
     
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  13. TomC

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    That ought to do the job!
     
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  14. Thomas Lippert

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    In my state you can't catch and release as they are an invasive species. One ground hog can and does decimate a garden. I "removed" 4 last year. So far at the beginning I'm at 3. Two today. I suspect a large hen would deter them. I've been told a bantam can only fly 3' high. I'm changing my gardens fence to 4' next week. Next year I'll obtain a chick or two. We'll see how that works out.
     
  15. robin416

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    Um, someone doesn't know what they're talking about how high a bantam can fly. Large fowl struggle to get much height but a bantam can fly like the dickens when it decides to.
     
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  16. Thomas Lippert

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    Thanks that's why I came here.
     
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    As bantams get older they don't choose to fly unless it's to go to roost or escape a predator. My hamburgs roosted every night in the rafters of my old coop.
     
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  18. Sylie

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    my australorps can clear my 4 ft fence with no problem, ask my baby beet plants...
     
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  19. TomC

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    My fence is 6ft high and covered, several of my girls get pretty close to the top when they're feeling their oats.
     
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  20. Thomas Lippert

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    Nice. Well those ground hogs have gone away my garden is safe again.
     
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  21. robin416

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    They went away? How did they go away? Was it at your hand?

    Does anyone have any idea how to keep them off the land? Probably wishful thinking but it would be better not to have to deal with them at all.