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Another good reason I build my aviaries like forts!

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by wolfgang, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. wolfgang

    wolfgang New Member

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    Shot this guy getting a little to close to my aviaries this morning!
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  2. dc taxidermy

    dc taxidermy Me and My Baby's senior picture

    I feel your pain, I've shot four this year and a couple of greys and six bobcats, I hope I have thinned them down a little...I have traps set arround my pens and a few on poles....It helps alot....DC
     

  3. wolfgang

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    DC
    Believe it or not I have not suffered a single loss to predators, knock wood......
    In 10 years I have not even seen a set of tracks close by until this winter. The fox and coyote are human shy around here and stay clear of human dwellings etc. but I figured 150 yards was close enough for this guy, LOL!
     
  4. wa

    wa Thanks John...this depicts me better

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    MINK are the devil
     
  5. dc taxidermy

    dc taxidermy Me and My Baby's senior picture

    I gotcha, My problem is mine are in the woods already I have about a 1/2 acre cleared and they can walk to about twenty feet of my pens before you see them......I haven't lost any in a while (except for two biddies ,that got out to a hawk). Last year I lost about two hundred ducks, chickens and quail, in one weekend..All to coyotes...I have since waged war and i can say I haven't had any more trouble...DC
     
  6. MRN

    MRN New Member

    Nice work Brian! Killl them devils!
     
  7. wolfgang

    wolfgang New Member

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    No mink here to speak of, fisher, coyote, fox, coon, and Bear.
    DC
    You have electric fence up? I was told long ago by one of the old timers that if you keep them out from the start you are better off than trying to stop them once they get in. My big concern is Bear as they could really tear things up if they got in. LOL!
    Construction continues this week on my new fortress now that the frost is gone.
     
  8. DL

    DL Well-Known Member

    It appears that coyote has been eating well from somewhere. Nice to have one less around
     
  9. dc taxidermy

    dc taxidermy Me and My Baby's senior picture

    Yes sir, My wife was in the hospital and my son fed up for me. He left the fence off and the next day they had broken into ever pen except my mallards. I lost about 50 game chickens and 50 or so quail. I don't know exactly how mant bb bantems around 35 or so. I lost 40 woodies a couple a manderains and a pair of geese. A crap load of biddies, I had just put them in the yard brooder. All I had left was 18 bbs, 1 blue game hen a Hatch Rooster biddie, and 6 mallards.....I doubt I get that many again until I get better pens and a larger space......DC
     
  10. wolfgang

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    Ouch! That hurts to lose that many at once. I check my fence everyday when I feed, just grab it in the morning keeps my heart going as well. LOL!!
    When I bought my fencer the guy asked me if I was trying to scare things off or kill them.
    Kill them!
     
  11. wa

    wa Thanks John...this depicts me better

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    Killed my Black Amherst 5 years ago and 26 others, In a squirrel hole this big.....
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  12. Lost 13 exotic ducks to a mink in one night. All piled up by a hole he dug and had eaten the heads off of each bird. He came back the next night and became part of history! Bobcats have always given me trouble. They get really brave sometimes.
     
  13. wolfgang

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    Still my biggest fear is going out in the morning and finding a bunch of dead birds. I guess that is why I go a bit overboard with protective measures.
    Right now my worst problem is Starlings!!
     
  14. When we built our aviaries, we buried stainless steel heavy gauge mesh 12" down then 90'ed it out 4 ft ftom the pen. Everything tried but nothing EVER gets in.
     
  15. wolfgang

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    That is what I have been doing but the frost heaving everything up and down wore out the wire and I end up with holes anyway.
     
  16. byrdman

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    I bury green treated 2 X 12 at bottom of pens.........mink are the worst here..(and stray dogs)...saw one climb a tree last year just like a squirrel....in fact thought it was a black squirrel so got the 410....came out and saw it was a mink.......not legal to shoot...trap only.....had a weasel get in a 1/2 inch slit in a metal register grill I had for a vent and k illed 6 drake woodies and left two others in shock that died later that day.....got the weasel later but 8 ..2-3 year old drake woodies.....and not molted out yet for mounts
     
  17. lost more birds to neighbors house cats over the years than any wild critter....