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Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] raccoon! Bees Too!

From: Paul L.
Sent on: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:29 PM


On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM, Rachel Blackwell <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello Fellow Chicken Lovers,

I just posted this on the Discussion page, but I decided to email as well, because I am so distraught! I had two chickens, and one was killed by a raccoon last night.


Bees Too!

I'm a beekeeper so I follow the BEE-L.
There was a recent posting by a master beekeeper
who also had chickens in his yard.

He did something to spook the bees
and they attacked the chickens
killing most of them outright

This is not a posting against bees
- bees are not violent beings
since when they sting
they die
therefore
They are defensive beings
but there are situations
that can activate their defensive protocols.

RX:
If you have chickens and bees
then sequester your chickens
before you start to manipulate your hives.

PS: I rescue feral cats
and have a cat door on my kitchen door
and have had many instances where I have had
raccoons and opossums enter the kitchen in the night
to eat the cat food and mess up the water dishes.

These days I lock up the cat door most nights
with a massive piece of plywood
suspended from TWO hook-and-eye locks
http://childprooferstore.com/dw23.htmlhttp://childprooferstore.com/dw23.html
so the burly raccoons can't push their way through

This is how I deal with raccoons
without using my cat traps

--
Dennis Law
( aka Paul D. Law )
Brooklyn South Community Emergency Response Team
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