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I'm just wondering if Anyone has ever used an air rifle to protect their livestock. I will be putting our chicks outside soon in a coop and we have stray cats and raccoons in the area. But I have neighbors and someone told me that air rifles are quiet. Just curious if anyone has any experience with them


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I had a pellet gun when I lived closer to town. It made a loud crack akin to a stick being broke, nothing like a gun shot. For being a 20 year old beak action, she serves her purpose. Even now I'll use her instead of the .243 for moving off critters I don't want dead or are too close to my horses.
 

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Careful with those. My great uncle accidentally killed his chicken with one.

The best predator control is making it so they don't get in there in the first place. I sound like you have diggers. You may want to consider burying hardware cloth or aprons.
 

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Cats and raccoons don't generally dig to get into a coop.
I think the OP was wondering what she could use as a "runner offer" of problematic animals before they get to the chickens.
 

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I have a Benjamin air rifle in .177 caliber. Dad gave it to me when I was about 10 years. 10 pumps will drop squirrels.

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I use a cheap gamo air rifle. break action. it hills foxes and ***** no problem. I would not recomend a high powered rifle is the OP is looking for a runner off-er. as the gun I have shoots nearly as hard as a .22 and will critically wound anything its hits...
 
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