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Spring Predators

by | May 4, 2021 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Spring Predators. The leaves are unfolding, it’s Springtime!  As the temperatures rise and the ground thaws, your chickens are grateful to feel the sunshine on their feathers. While the changes brought about by Spring are welcome, this change in environment can also cause flocks to become prey to hungry Springtime predators.

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Spring Predators. The leaves are unfolding, it’s Springtime!  As the temperatures rise and the ground thaws, your chickens are grateful to feel the sunshine on their feathers. While the changes brought about by Spring are welcome, this change in environment can also cause flocks to become prey to hungry Springtime predators. 

Predators of all sorts can’t resist a chicken meal during any season, but Spring typically sees an uptick in attacks. This increase is likely due to the baby boom that happens this time of year. Foxes and raccoons have a den full of kits, and aerial predators are working on incubating their own hatchlings. All of these young animals need fed, and a mother of any species will take the necessary risk to care for their young. 

So what can you do to prevent your own flock from becoming a buffet for local wildlife? Knowing which predators are prevalent in your area will help form a plan to keep your flock safe. Flock owners in Alaska likely have different predator concerns than flock owners in Florida. 

Once you have an idea of which predators are in your area, their attacks can be prevented by the proper defense. If your chickens free-range, protection from aerial predators is a must. Consider adding netting to your run or holographic tape. 

Raccoons have incredibly nimble fingers that can open simple latches or grab their prey through wire or fencing. Ensure you use hardware cloth fencing and multiple, elevated latches. 

Foxes, raccoons, and minks will happily dig holes or climb to gain access to a free meal. Bury your fencing up to 2 feet underground and surround your perimeter with stones or concrete to prevent access. 

Besides predator-proofing the chicken coop and any area where they free-range, there are plenty of gadgets, sprays, and traps that can aid your defenses. A few favorites here at Meyer Hatchery include the Nite-Guard Solar Light, which mimics the reflection of light on animal eyes, making the predator feel like the prey themselves. 

Aerial predators are deterred by random light reflection and the crackling noise made by Nite Guard Repellent Tape. Live Traps are very effective at humanely trapping any predators and they are available in multiple sizes to best suit your needs.

We hope this Meyer Moment helps you in protecting your flock from Springtime predators who are emerging this time of year.

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

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