If you haven’t seen our first post on chickens you should check that out. We just got chickens! We are in dire need of getting a real chicken coop. For now we are dealing with a makeshift pen that we made using material found around our property. A raccoon in the chicken coop is the last thing
So… a raccoon got in the chicken pen last night. Apparently my redesign of the makeshift coop left a new way for the coon to get in. Good news, we didn’t lose any chickens! We caught these guys red handed.
The best detection and deterrent to predators.
Our homestead dog is a Blackmouth Cur. These dogs are a type of pit bull bred to be a hunting dogs. She has tree’d many coons in her lifetime. She has also chased after armadillos and many other animals. What is amazing is that when we first got chickens we introduced them, and she somehow understood that they are part of the family. This meant that we were also adding to her daily job as the lead protection analyst. Is that a real job title? Lol, her role is important. Without her fantastic ears, and smell, last night we might have lost every single chicken we have!
Our homestead dog, Selah alerted us to their presence and we all went outside. It seems like there was a coon on the lookout, while the other went inside the pen. So when we first went outside, Selah tree’d the lookout, but she started smelling around the coop. She started alerting to the pen, and I peeked in and yep there was the masked robber himself in the pen!
I could not believe my eyes! I thought after we wrapped the coop up for the night it looked like Fort Knox. The redesign looked so much better, but apparently it had some flaws. So I had to get the coon out of the pen, and then we let the dog loose on it. They quarrelled in the woods.
We didn’t let the dog get on the coon while in the pen because the chickens and/or the dog may have ended up getting hurt with such limited space. I believe the coon got away, but not unscathed.
We changed the way we wrapped up the coop this time.. There was a big gap near the front that we failed to see. The motion detector light came on on a couple of times after we were in bed, but we didn’t see any more visitors last night.
If you are experiencing problems with Raccoons, it won’t hurt to read up on them a bit. Read a little bit on Backyard Chickens.
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