Protect Backyard Chickens from Raccoons

This week is the beginning of a series that will explore the many predators that threatens the backyard chicken flock. Proper identification of the predatory threat is key to implementing the right solution to this problem and keeping your hens safe.

chickensThe first predator we will look at will be the masked bandit commonly known as raccoon, or scientifically speaking-  procyon loter. This omnivorous creature can range in size from 23.5 in. to 37.5 in. and 4 to 23 lbs. In the wild, the raccoon lives an average of 2-3 years. If near water, they like to eat frogs and crayfish and other aquatic treats. On land, they will grab mice, insects and most applicably to us tasty eggs and sometimes the poultry themselves.

So, how do you know if it is a raccoon that is attacking your chickens? Well, if there is

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a raccoon presence, look for tracks(like above)in sandy or muddy areas. If chickens have been attacked by raccoons, evidence could include severed heads dragged away from the body, birds pulled unsuccessfully pulled through enclosures, birds whose necks have been severely injured and ransacked nesting areas.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/raccoons.html

Once you have identified the perpetrator, then you will be able to protect your coop properly. Raccoons are savvy predators but almost every predator is another animal’s prey. It is the natural, genetically programmed instinctual fear of a predator that makes a product like predator urine work as a natural, non-pesticidal repellent. So, what does the raccoon fear? Well, one of its most common predators is the coyote and thus the most logical predator urine to choose would be coyote urine. 100% coyote urine is available at predatorpee.com with various applicators available depending on your exact setup. All you need to do is make a pee-rimeter around the area you are trying to protect – in this case your coop or run.

 

 

Protect Koi Ponds from Predatory Birds

33ea8ec42091f1e4de915b0ec8b9298fok, so admittedly i don’t know much about koi. I stocked my pond with some salmon last year but drought killed them off, so I am far from an expert on raising fish. So, I am going to use information from others who know more about the popular ornamental carp. Apparently these fish can be pretty valuable:

If a breeder raises a highly sought after koi, it can sell for thousands of dollars. $250,000 is not unheard of for a prized koi fish. http://koistory.com/blog/all-about-koi-fish-facts

Obviously, these fish are kept in ponds:

“Koi ponds are ponds used for holding koi, usually as part of a landscape. Koi ponds can be designed specifically to promote health and growth of the Nishikigoi or Japanese Ornamental Carp. The architecture of the koi pond can have a great effect on the health and well being of the koi.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi

So, they can be valuable, pretty, people like them, and they are kept in outdoor koi ponds. So, a group of colorful fish in an outdoor pond – sounds a little like a predator magnet to me! As it turns out, a product that we developed for chicken keepers also works very well for keeping predatory birds away from valuable koi. That’s right – Hawk Stopper – the visual deflection net brought to you by predatorpee – is a solution to preventing aerial attack on your unsuspecting koi. Each unit protects 1500 sq ft (approx. 20’x75′) and includes 100 feet of rope for installation! We have sold hundreds of Hawk Stoppers since its introduction last year.  New this year, we have developed the Mini Hawk Stopper for smaller applications – the same concept in a smaller size. Visual Deflection Net – 700 sq ft (approx. 20’x35′) – Still includes 100 feet of rope for installation!

So, no matter how big your koi pond is, we’ve got you covered! But, as I always say, you don’t have to take my word for it . . .

“Thank you PredatorPee for overnighting our Hawk Guard!!! We had placed an order & chose 2 day shipping due to terrible hawk activity that we had (lost 5 birds in 2 weeks!😞) and I’m happy to say the hawk has not been able to get into the chicken area since putting the netting up!😃👍 Thank you so very much for your product & your kindness of overnighting it!!!🐣🐔”

“Thank you HawkStopper! This and my scare crow are working wonderfully together.”

-Tiffany

Until I find more words . . . The PeeMan

Problem: Perilous Pupping Season – Solution: Wolf Pee

It is pupping season! Not the “aww cute” puppies kind but the soon to be adult vicious predators that can pose a threat to small pets and backyard chickens kind. Yep, coyote breeding happens in January and February and then voila! – coyote pups in March and April.

Just like many animals, when coyotes are starting a family, they tend to be more aggressive to any perceived threats. This coupled with the fact that many suburban and urban areas are close to breeding spots and you’ve got a problem.

(Coyote)Breeding occurs once annually, typically in late January and in February, with pups born in March and April. Parents and offspring continue to remain in a family group for about six months. Before giving birth, the adults excavate one or more dens in the soil, occasionally expanding the burrows of other animals, but sometimes using hollow logs, rock piles, or culverts. Typically, even when denning in suburban areas, they choose sites where human activity is minimal. If disturbed, the parents may move the litter to an alternate den site. . . Coyote mating season is in late January through February and pups are born in March and April. Coyotes can be aggressive and protective during mating or when protecting litters of pups

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/06/coyote-attacks-in-california-are-on-the-rise-heres-how-to-see-if-theyre-in-your-area/

coyote2smallOk, so they are breeding, steer clear, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that every day reports surface of coyotes attacking, maiming and even killing small dogs and other small domestic pets. Here are links to just a few stories from the past month:

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/columnists/2017-03-27/guest-column-city-officials-must-take-proactive-steps-address-atlantic

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/06/coyote-attacks-in-california-are-on-the-rise-heres-how-to-see-if-theyre-in-your-area/

http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/cuyahoga-county/coyote-attacks-dog-near-lakewood-home/415668755

And as if this isn’t bad enough, the link below describes a coyote attack on a man who was out for a jog!

http://www.wpxi.com/news/trending-now/man-out-for-morning-jog-attacked-by-coyote/499200273

Clearly, this is a HUGE(nod to POTUS)problem. Well, as you well know by now, we at predatorpee are all about solutions to common pest problems. Using the predator-prey instinct as our guide, we are led to the canis lupus or wolf as the predator to the coyote.

In order to protect your pets from this voracious predator we recommend using our 100% Wolf Urine. Create a “pee-rimeter” around your yard by using WolfPee liquid with ScentTags or 33 Day Dispensers.

But, as usual, you don’t have to take my word for it . . .

“…After we bought your WolfPee last year, we did not have any problems with coyotes whatsoever and we thank you for that. New year and we have three cats we must protect. I thank you and will place my large order soon…”

Margery F. – Walpole, MA

“It really works…we haven’t seen a coyote in the neighborhood for years now.”

Nancy – Woodinville, WA

“I believe this is my third purchase from you, and it seems to be deterring the coyotes, so I’m going to continue hanging it on my fence to keep them at bay, from my doggies.”

Susanne – Denver, CO

So, the problem is real but so is the solution. Don’t wait, keep your pets safe during pupping season. Get some Wolf Pee!

Until I find More Words . . .The PeeMan

Fresh Eggs Daily & PredatorPee – The Perfect Maine Combo

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Lisa Steele(Fresh Eggs Daily)holding a bottle of 100% WolfPee and modeling an Authentic Maine Crusher Hat

Just recently, we decided here at predatorpee.com to be an online sponsor/advertiser for Fresh Eggs Daily. There were many factors that caused us to choose this particular blog/website etc.A couple of them are that Lisa Steele(the woman behind Fresh Eggs Daily)is a prominent and respected expert on all things chicken keeping and she has recently moved her farm and business to our beloved home state of Maine. How could we go wrong?

In her own words, a bit about Lisa Steele

About the Author | With an audience of hundreds of thousands that spans the globe, I am well-recognized as the creative force behind Fresh Eggs Daily®, the most popular destination for natural chicken and duck keeping advice on the internet.

A fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of my life, I have been raising my own backyard flock since 2009 and sharing my farming adventures on my wildly popular blog and Facebook pages, charming readers and drawing them to Fresh Eggs Daily® in record numbers to help them learn how to keep their flocks safe from predators, how to build strong immune systems, and how to keep them healthy and happy without using antibiotics or other commercial medications.

A Maine Master Gardener and aspiring herbalist dedicated to raising my own animals as naturally as possible, I offer practical, down-to-earth and time-tested advice for raising chickens using herbs and other holistic preventives and remedies – and show my readers how to have some fun while doing it. In addition to chicken keeping tips, I also share DIY projects for the coop and run using repurposed materials, natural household and personal products, gardening ideas, and recipes using fresh eggs, vegetables and herbs.

 

Just last week,  Lisa wrote a great piece about predatorpee.com and yours truly, The PeeMan. There is an excerpt below:

 

“. . .But after a little bit of online research, I was delighted to happen upon a very unique, effective way to keep these hungry predators away from all of our animals!

Let me Introduce you to the PeeMan!
No matter what type of predator you face, the PeeMan has you covered. This Maine-based company bottles and sells urine from various types of animals of prey, which, when applied around your coop and run area, will deter other predator from moving in. Predators mark their territory to warn others away, and with Predator Pee, you can fool the predators you’re worried about from moving in.”

https://madmimi.com/s/c1e779

So, for all you chicken keepers out there, check out Fresh Eggs Daily and remember to keep your flock safe with predatorpee. Also, if you want a great hat for outdoors that you can stuff in your pocket, get yourself a Maine Crusher Hat.

Have a great day!

Until I find more words . . .The PeeMan

 

Deter Deer Naturally with Coyote Urine

Deer are one of the most if not the most prevalent garden pests  on the North American continent. In the winter time, deer try to eat bark and shrubbery from expensive ornamental trees and bushes. In the spring and summer, they try to make a feast of tender seedlings and mature garden produce. Depending on what part of the country you live in, the battle can be unending.deer damage

Up here in rural Maine, we mostly have to worry about deer bothering our summer vegetable gardens. We only have a very short growing season and nothing is more devastating to the avid gardener than to go out to the vegetable patch one morning and see little gnawed off nubs where lush greenery used to be. I know we certainly get a lot of requests from gardeners and landscapers alike for help in this area.  In fact way back in 1986, when predatorpee was born, deer were one of the first problem pests that our products were used for. What product is that? Well, as you may know here at predatorpee.com, we rely heavily on the predator-prey principle. It is a concept that makes lots of sense and has proven to be effective.

So, if we have a deer(the prey), we need to figure out the predator. A little research and the answer presents: “In Southern Canada and several states in the United States, including Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, the most common predators of white-tailed deer are coyotes, followed by bobcats. Coyotes that used to live primarily in the American West have extended their territory ranges and have moved eastward. Since then, coyotes have played a major role in reducing the deer population, as they specifically attack fawns born in spring.” https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/natural-enemies-deer-d165cdd5ebaf0a10

This information combined with field tests and customer feedback have led us to conclude that Coyote Urine is the answer to the deer problem. But, you say, “there are no coyotes anywhere near where I live, why would that scare a deer?” Good question. The answer is that the fear of a predator is instinctual(thus hardwired in) and not dependent on actual proximity or exposure to said animal. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. The comments below are from actual predatorpee customers.

“I have been a happy customer for eight years now and continue to buy your product and tell my neighbors about it.” Kris

“I have ordered from you before and the product works well. Keeps the deer out of my garden.” Frank

“Thank you. I appreciate your help. BTW, your product has worked extremely well for me last season, and so far this Spring. The uneaten by deer crocuses are a testament to the efficacy of CoyotePee.” Reynolds

Don’t wait! Be prepared for the growing season. Click here for coyote pee and here for application instructions.

Until I find more words …The PeeMan

How to “OutFox” Destructive Skunks

I don’t know about in other places, but around here the distinct aroma of skunk spray is a sure sign that Spring is on its way. Unfortunately, here in Maine, Old Man Winter has decided he is not done with us yet, so the skunks have gone back to hiding for a while. But, surely they are out and about in other places in the world. So, we know that the scent of their spray is noxious, but what other problems do skunks cause?

“Shallow holes in the ground, surrounded by a ring of loosened soil”

“Skunks are often the cause of these clues. The soil disruption happens overnight because skunks are nocturnal feeders. The hole is approximately the size of a skunk nose. The skunk presses its nose to the soil and digs with its long, front claws. Skunky knows that just below the surface is a protein-rich treat, just waiting to be harvested. There can be so many holes that they coalesce into an area the looks like it has been tilled.” http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/whos_that_digging_in_my_yard_skunks_raccoons_or_moles

Well, here at predatorpee.com, we approach a lot of our problem pests using the predator-prey principle. It is a concept that makes lots of sense and has proven to be effective. So, if we have a skunk(the prey), we need to figure out the predator. A little research and the answer presents:  “While the exact number of species that prey on skunks is unknown, red foxescougarscoyotes and domestic dogs are among them.” So, best way to prevent skunk damage . . .”Outfox” them with 100% FoxPee. But, you don’t have to take my word for it, customers have been using it with success for years, just read below:

“I have used your products (for skunks) for at least the past 6 years…and they work!”

Wally – Salem, OR

“This stuff works GREAT at keeping skunks away from our property and pets.”

Brian – Peabody, MA

“I live in San Diego, Cal. and we have so many skunks this year. I’ve called all over town asking how to get rid of them. Everyone said to get a trap and take them to the country to release them. I’m in my 70’s and am not about to trap a skunk! My son in Seattle, Wash. sent me some Fox urine. He said everyone up there uses it but down here they laughed at me. However, it has worked for 3 weeks, but now they’re back. Help! How can I order more ?”

E. H

To purchase 100% FoxPee click here. For application instructions, click here.

Enjoy your day, especially if Spring(and skunks)have arrived!

Until I find more words . . .The PeeMan

Coyote Urine Curbs ‘Coon Chaos

Raccoonsraccoon are arguably one of the most annoying pests on the North American continent. We certainly get a lot of requests for help from exasperated homeowners whose garbage and gardens have become a night time paradise for the striped bandits. What is to do be done? Well, here at predatorpee.com, we approach a lot of our problem pests using the predator-prey principle. It is a concept that makes lots of sense and has proven to be effective. So, if we have a raccoon(the prey), we need to figure out the predator. A little research and the answer presents: “Predators of adult raccoon include bobcatscoyotescougars and domestic dogs. Young raccoons are preyed upon by eagles and large owls.” https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/predators-raccoons-2c3866e1230ab507

This information combined with field tests and customer feedback have led us to conclude that Coyote Urine is the answer to the raccoon problem. But, you say, “there are no coyotes anywhere near where I live, why would that scare a raccoon?” Good question. The answer is that the fear of a predator is instinctual(thus hardwired in) and not dependent on actual proximity or exposure to said animal. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. The comments below are from actual predatorpee customers.

“Hi — about two months ago I wrote to you regarding a problem I’ve long had with ‘coons on my roof. I live in the florida keys and I wasn’t sure if coyote pee would work as I’m sure my ‘coons have never seen a coyote. You said it was genetic response to the smell and should work. It did. So, it’s time I got my predator pee last week and finally set it up on the weekend! Works great. Every night the raccoons would clean out the bird feeder. I even had baffle to stop the squrrels but the raccoons would get up on the baffle somehow and still clean out the seed! We haven’t seen the raccoons for the last few nights…” Robert

“Can’t believe it! Two nights after putting out your product, I was able to leave my bird feeders up all night…Thank you so much for such a great product. I am one happy customer!” Tonya

I’ve been an extremely satisfied customer for quite a few years. I haven’t lost a fish in over 4 years (to raccoons) because I use the coyote pee regularly….thanks for providing a humane way to protect my pond.” RL

So, raccoons got you up at night? Get some 100% CoyotePee and rest easy. Click here to purchase. For application instructions, click here.

Until I find more words. . .The PeeMan