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Q: Which breed of chicken is most predator resistant?
A: What are we talking about here--force fields? Body armor? No--unfortunately, no breed of chicken is "predator resistant." The only way to prevent... read more

Q: What do I need to know about weasel family predators if I keep chickens?
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Weasel, ermine, ferret, mink, badger, fisher, ermine, wolverine, skunk, etc.
Mustelidae and Mephitidae spp...
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Q: Do possums eat chickens?
A: Yes--A possum (a.k.a. "opossum") that gets into your coop or run can eat eggs and young chicks, but they have certainly been known to kill adult... read more

Q: How can I cope with the loss of my chicken?
A: First, we're so sorry to hear about the loss of your chicken. Losing any pet is hard, but there's something about having a bird who begs for pets and... read more

Q: What do I need to know about large felines if I keep chickens?
A: Name:
Lynx (including bobcats), Cougar
Lynx spp and Puma Concolor

Description:
*Lynx up to 66...
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Q: What do I need to know about foxes if I keep chickens?
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Fox
Vulpes spp.

Description:
*Many different species of reddish or greyish, dog-like mammals with...
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Q: What do I need to know about snakes if I keep chickens?
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Snakes
Serpentes spp (nearly 3000 species)

Description:
*Legless reptiles of many colors
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Q: What do I need to know about crows if I keep chickens?
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Crows and other corvids
Corvus spp

Description:
*Corvids are large perching birds, usually with...
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Q: What do I need to know about raccoons if I keep chickens?
A: If you keep chickens, you need to know that raccoons will absolutely prey on your flock if given the opportunity. To keep your flock safe, you need... read more

Q: What do I need to know about snapping turtles if I keep chickens?
A: Name:
Snapping turtles
Chelydra serpentina or Macrochelys temminckii

Description:
Snapping turtles...
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Q: What do I need to know about house cats if I keep chickens?
A: Name:
House cat
Felis catus

Description:
House cats are small, carnivorous mammals with retractable claws...
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Q: What do I need to know about bears if I keep chickens?
A: Name:
Bear
Ursidae

Description:
*Large mammals, most species are omnivorous. (Polar bears are mostly...
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Q: What do I need to know about wolves and coyotes if I keep chickens?
A: Name:
Wolf, Coyote
Canis lupus, Canis latrans

Description:
Wolves and coyotes are both members of the dog...
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Q: What is an apron fence, and why is it helpful?
A: An apron fence is a fence that helps to keep out digging predators. But it isn't normally a special type of fence that you buy; it's more of a... read more

Q: What do I need to know about human nature if I keep chickens?
A: Unfortunately, scoundrels are found everywhere. Most humans are not predators of chickens, of course, but the fact is that some people are dishonest... read more

Q: Will my dog attack chickens?
A: Domestic dogs--including those belonging to you as well as those belonging to other people--are the most common predators of chickens in both... read more

Q: Do chickens attract rats?
A: Chicken feed and droppings will attract rats, yes! That's why it's so important that you do two things: store your feed in metal bins, and carefully... read more

Q: What do I need to know about birds of prey if I keep chickens?
A: As a flock-keeper, it is important to know that birds of prey, including raptors who hunt in daylight like eagles and hawks, and owls who hunt at... read more

Q: What is wire gauge, and why should I care about it?
A: When you're looking at fencing... read more

Q: Why does my hen hop off of the nest, then toss hay, grass, and leaves over her shoulder and back?
A: We LOVE it when they do that... it's so darn cute! This is a nesting behavior. Hens that are broody will often do this when settling into the nest,... read more

Q: Why do chickens lay different colored eggs?
A: Well, we can tell you HOW the different colors are made, but as to WHY the different colors are produced, there are just theories.

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Q: Why did my rooster suddenly become aggressive?
A: Roosters can sometimes be a bit aggressive! One important thing to remember is that they see themselves as the protectors of "their" hens, so they... read more

Q: There are hawks or owls in our area. Will our chickens be safe?
A: Hawks and owls can most certainly be a danger to chickens (heck, even read more

Q: Should the chickens' feeders and waterers go inside the coop, or should they go outside in the run?
A: That's a good question! Chickens need to have access to their food and water at all times when they're awake. However, once they return to roost at... read more

Q: Can ducks and geese be outside during the winter?
A: Yes! Ducks and geese have a wonderful fluffy undercoating beneath their feathers called "down" that is generally considered by outdoorsy-people to be... read more

Q: What is the life expectancy of ducks and geese?
A: If cared for properly, ducks can live to 7-10 years, and some exceptional birds may live longer than that. Geese normally live 10-15 years, but there... read more

Q: Will chickens help eat ticks and mosquitoes in my yard?
A: Chickens love to eat mosquitoes and ticks--that's great news! But if you keep chickens, will that mean you can dump your other bug protection... read more

Q: Will my chickens be bothered by mice?
A: Well, it's true that if you leave chicken feed out where mice can get to it, it's possible that some may show up to eat the feed, just as they would... read more

Q: How do I handle a flighty chicken?
A: If the hen you need to handle runs from you every time you get near, what do you do--chase her around the yard and see who gets tired first? Well,... read more

Q: What is a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD)?
A: Livestock Guardians are animals that protect livestock on the farm. They can be llamas or donkeys, but in most cases, they are dogs that have been... read more

Q: Can ducks and geese survive on a pond?
A: Yes--potentially! But before you release a few ducks or geese onto your backyard pond, here are some things to consider:        ... read more

Q: Why does my hen sometimes lay eggs with ridges halfway down the shell?
A: You may be describing what is called a "body checked egg." Body checks are ridges or grooves that occur around an egg, usually at the pointed end.... read more

Q: What is a chicken run?
A: A chicken run is the fenced or enclosed outdoor space you provide for your chickens. The coop is the indoor space---where they go to sleep on their... read more

Q: What is the best location for my chicken coop?
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There are many considerations to take into account when determining the placement of your chicken coop. Here are 10 tips that can help you find... read more

Q: How can I keep ducks out of my swimming pool? Can my ducks and geese drink and swim in chlorinated water?

A: First--no worries about chlorinated water and your waterfowl flock; it will not harm them. So if your personal pet flock finds your pool, you don't... read more

Q: Is there a way to tell if my chicken is happy or sad?
A: Chickens that are happy will be active and scratching around in the grass, laying in the sun--yes, they do that, too!--or taking a bath in the dirt.... read more

Q: Should I free range my chickens?
A: If you allow your chickens to range freely, you WILL lose some to predators-- make no mistake. It can be devastating, especially to those of us with... read more

Q: Why did my chicken lay a shell-less egg?
A: A shell-less egg is a strange sight! You might think a shell-less egg would look like a cracked egg: a mess of white and yolk soaking into nesting... read more

Q: Do you have any tips to help me keep my coop sweet smelling in the heat of summer?
A: Obviously, keeping your coop cleaned and your bedding fresh is the best tip we can offer. Make sure to use pine shavings, and not straw: straw is not... read more

Q: How can I maintain a clean, enclosed run if I can't free range my birds?
A: Due to the number of predators in some rural areas, some pet chicken owners don't allow free ranging. Other times, an enclosed run in a small... read more

Q: What is a chicken coop?
A: The word "coop" simply refers to the structure that your chickens live in. A run refers to the enclosed part of the chickens' area that is outside,... read more

Q: Do chickens have a language?
A: In many ways they do. Chickens can make a very wide range of sounds, and they communicate amongst each other well.

Roosters can sing loudly...
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