RE: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] False alarm! All hens alive!

From: Laila
Sent on: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:43 PM
I put bleach on rags on poles on the entry points to the yard here. The yard only has a few access points so it has worked fairly well as
the raccoons don't like the smell. This works but the rags have to be dipped every few days and disintegrate.

Padlocks are great to keep the raccoons out of the coop and run, they know where the lock is that's for sure as their handprints are all over it.
Beware of rats too as there have been some trying to get the chickens as they sleep.

Hope everything works out for you and your girls!
Laila


Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] False alarm! All hens alive!
From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Date: Mon, 12 Sep[masked]:26:27 -0400

We have hasps and padlocks on all the doors to our coop/run. It's annoying, but keeps even the cleverest critters out.

Might want to try it before you give away your girls.

Good luck!
Alex.

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:07 AM, jenny kessler <[address removed]> wrote:
there was a hole where they were getting in before.  we patched it up and we were okay for a while.  but clearly they are coming back now.

i've read that a raccoon is extremely intelligent, and will come back every night to see if he can get in where he used to be able to.  i guess they really don't have much interest in killing the birds (just the eggs) but i'm worried that if they get hungry enough that will change.

if anyone knows any kind of repellent or something that works, i'd love to know.  but based on what we read before, it sounded kind of hopeless (unless we want to hang massive spotlight or loud radio out there, which is not really an option).

thanks,
jk


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From: MEGP <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] False alarm! All hens alive!
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Date: Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:03 AM


Have you started taking measures to put off the raccoon? I know Martha, who posts on the discussion forum, had some raccoon issues a while back, might have some advice for you. 

So glad to hear they are all in good health and hope they continue to stay in good health for a long time!

Megan Paska

On Sep 12, 2011, at 6:54 AM, jenny kessler <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi all,

Sorry for the alarm...turns out, my ladies must be overly dramatic because they are ALL ALIVE!!!!! :) i would have bet all my money in the world that one was dead, based on the sounds of death last night that lasted for full minutes!   i was too scared to go out to the coop with the flashlight last night, but as it got light i crept closer, only to see the one remaining hen walking around wondering where her friends were!

i think i didn't shut the door enough for the latch to close, and the coon pried it open, so I'm hoping as long as it's closed properly they will be safe from here out.

i feel like an idiot, but a very happy one at that. however, if i hear from someone who would take all three, i'd still consider it.  cause those poor girls must be getting more and more traumatized after every event. (the coon has been around at least 4 times).

thanks all,
jenny

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From: jenny kessler <[address removed]>
Subject: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Need home for 2 healthy survivors of racoon attack!
To: [address removed]
Date: Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:03 AM

Hi all,

Last night I awoke to the sound of one of my ladies being killed by a raccoon.  We've been having issues with them all summer but managed to avoid death until tonight. :(  So awful.

Anyway we rescued two healthy ladies and I need a home for them.  I'm too scared the coon will keep coming back, and I can't bare to hear the sounds of death again while sleeping in my bed.

The are LOVELY, healthy, beautiful, and lay pretty much every day.  They are two red sex links.  They're about a year old.  I kept them all last winter with no light or heat and still got an egg every day.  They love each other - never any pecking or meanness...so I'm hoping to find a flock where they're less likely to get abuse for being new.   They are too nice for that.  They are also very sweet with humans.  They love greens and yogurt!!!

I'd like to find them somewhere IMMEDIATELY.  The are currently in the little closet under my stoop...no sunlight, etc.  Not so nice for them.  I have no car but could put them in the cat carrier for pick up, or could take cab for drop off somewhere relatively close (I'm located in BedStuy, by the Franklin C train).

Please email [address removed] if you can take them today or tmw and have a delightful home for them.

Thank you!

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