Post by dexterfarm on Feb 15, 2017 10:58:57 GMT -6
we have never had a problem with raptors. rarely do we see an eagle at our house. It is more common for us to see them at our grazing lands. It is closer to a large lake. We do have plenty of red tails and owls. To the best of my knowledge they have never taken a chicken. At night when I am putting up animals it is rather loud right now. Usually starts with the coyotes howling and then the the screech owls and bard owls kick in and sometimes a great horned will chime in.
what kind of chickens do you have. When my Doms were free ranging there were times when they would all of a sudden run for cover bushes trees or under just about anything. Not one to be found and sure enough way up high would be a red tail or hairier soaring. Unfortunately they did not under stand the 4 wheel predator and I was loosing them every weekend to cars. So I stopped free ranging and went to poultry netting. I am hopping the Muscovy will be a little smarter than to stand in the middle of the road.
Well the Muscovys have been a failed experiment. I am now loosing a lot of them. Was up to about 50 this summer then started loosing the young ones. Recently been loosing the older ones. Down to 15 now and I have not eaten any of them yet. If I still have any left by the time I get free time I am going to butcher the rest of them. Cant say for sure if they made any difference on the flies if they did it was not much.
done with the Muscovy. I butchered the 13 that were left this weekend. They were so hard to pluck. I ran them through my chicken plucker that got rid of a lot of the feathers but left a good portion behind that had to be hand plucked. It took all day to do 13 birds.