Posted on: 11 December 2019
More and more people are adding a small flock of chickens to their backyards in an effort to be more sustainable or just because they enjoy the advantages that chickens bring, such as natural pest control and natural ground fertilizer. However, if you have chickens, you also have to be mindful of the surrounding wildlife because chickens fall in at the bottom of the food chain and are natural prey for many animals. Working with a wildlife control service to protect your flock may become a necessity at some point, especially if you are continually losing your chickens. Here is a look at some of the ways a wildlife control agent can help you protect your chickens.
They can help you safeguard your coop against local predators.
Every geographic location is naturally going to have different predators to be concerned about. However, most types of predators will have no qualms about shimmying their way into a chicken coop to fetch an easy meal, whether it is a chicken or an egg. To protect your flock when they are in their living quarters, certain measures have to be taken to keep predators out. For example, small openings in the floor may need to be covered with thin mesh to keep out possums or weasels.
They can help you trap and relocate wildlife that is causing problems.
If you are having frequent attacks on your flock of birds, there is a high likelihood that it is the same predator or group of predators carrying out the attacks. Most animals will take the path of least resistance to find food; therefore, once they have discovered your chickens as a food source, they will come back over and over again. Trapping and relocating is the most humane way to contend with these repeat offenders.
They can help you make use of deterrents that can thwart wildlife problems.
Even though traps are one effective way to get rid of some of the animals that are causing problems for your chickens, there can be certain deterring methods that work as well. For example:
- Speaker systems playing sounds could be used to deter foxes
- Wolf urine could be used to deter coyotes if applied in certain areas
- High-frequency sound devices may deter something like raccoons
In many cases, just making a few changes can help prevent wildlife from making efforts to get after your chickens, and the deterrents are not all that hard to implement.Share