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Pests and Predators

Information about pests and predators that affect poultry and how you can protect poultry.
Please be aware some articles in this section may contain video and images about trapping or shooting pests and predators that may be unpleasant to some.

Poultry Fencing

Poultry Fencing

Poultry fencing isn’t usually covered in books about keeping chickens, and yet it is a fundamental requirement if you are fencing off an area for your poultry, rather than buying a pre-fabricated run to attach to your chicken coop. It’s a sad moment, even scary when you discover you have …

Crows and Rooks

Crows and Rooks

Crows and Rooks can be very damaging to your birds. Chickens or ducks that are sitting on a nest, or have young and are not enclosed are particularly attractive to them, however they will also take fully grown birds on occasions. I have even heard of full-sized Indian Runner Drakes …

Foxes

Foxes

Mr. Fox has to be every poultry keeper’s number one enemy. Sadly, many people have lost their chickens or other poultry to a fox. When it happens, it can be devastating. When I was 7 years old, I went down to the chicken house to open the outer run door …