Protect Backyard Chickens from Weasels

In the literary world, the weasel family often gets a bad rap. Consider that in children’s books such as the Wind in the Willows and the Redwall series the members of the family Mustelidae are always the bloodthirsty villains. Why do these animals with debatably cute faces get cast as the vermin warlords and thieving good for nothings?WWE_weasels Well, it is clearly drawn from the fact that in the natural world, there are few predators of a similar size that can wreak such havoc so quickly and create a scene among its hapless victims that would make even a horror fan cringe. It is not just that the weasel tends to viciously attack the head, neck or jugular of its prey but that it seems to at times be overcome with bloodlust and will often massacre anything within its immediate radius. The weasel often kills more than it can eat and leaves behind bloody, mutilated carcasses in its wake. Here are some other weasel facts:

“Members of this family(Mustelidae) are generally characterized by long bodies and necks, short legs, small rounded ears, and medium to long tails. All have scent glands, generally used for territorial markings but in some animals for defense.”

http://www.encyclopedia.com/plants-and-animals/animals/vertebrate-zoology/weasel

There are two types of weasels commonly found in North America. The short-tailed weasel and the tiny least weasel.least_weasel_by_sergey_ryzhkov-d86t3ox

As you can clearly guess if you haven’t experienced it first hand, weasels can be a very destructive chicken predator. How can you determine if you have a weasel around? The best way, unfortunately, to confirm this is after an attack has happened.short_tailed_weasel If birds are dead and not eaten, if multiple birds have been attacked at the jugular, head, and neck, internal organs have been eaten and/or eggs have been broken in at the ends, a member of the weasel family is probably to blame.

http://articles.extension.org/pages/71204/predator-management-for-small-and-backyard-poultry-flocks

Once you have identified the predator, then you must make sure your coop is secure(no holes in the wire, gaps or other potential means of access). Then it is time to use the natural predator-prey instinct to keep the weasels away for good. How? Wolf urine! The wolf is a natural predator of the weasel and fear of this predator is programmed into every weasel even if they have never been within miles of a wolf.

So, identify the predator. Secure the coop. Create a pee-rimeter around the area you want to protect and rest easy.

Until I find more words . . .The PeeMan

 

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.

 

 

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

 

To Boldly Go Where No PEE Has Gone Before . . .

Greetings from the North Woods!

It is a balmy 43 degrees and the natives are out buying seed starting kits in force. We have to remain optimistic when there is still 3 feet of snow on the ground.

A nod to the late, great Leonard Nimoy in the title of today’s blog post. NO i am not a trekky, but he was a cultural icon that even I can’t ignore. I am sure that still leaves you scratching your head as to what the heck I am writing about today. Well, here goes. . .

So, it has come to my attention through various means not the least of which is our friend The Chicken Chick that there is a big group of people who have not yet been educated regarding the benefits of predator pee. While it is hard for me as a long time purveyor of animal urine to believe that anyone could be ignorant in this area, I guess there is more work to be done! Accordingly, we have dubbed 2015 the “Year of the Chicken” at predatorpee.com. Now, while it sounds like something right out of the Chinese calendar, it is really just a commitment on our part to let every poultry enthusiast and owner of backyard chickens, ducks etc. that there is a way to keep their precious layers, show birds, and pet hens safe from predation. There are several vile vermin that like to snack on eggs or the poultry that lay them. Foxes, racoons, coyotes, rats, mice, possum, weasels make up a motley crew of animals that pose a threat to to any backyard flock.

PredatorPee-CoopGuard-Well, what is to be done, you ask? If you know anything about our products, you know that people have been using them for years to keep hungry animals away from garden patches, shrubbery, pets, livestock, etc. It is only logical that this effective tool be carried over in to the ever burgeoning world of backyard chickens. Cities and towns all over the country are passing ordinances allowing people to keep hens in response to the increasing interest in growing and raising one’s own food. So it is time to take our pee where it has not gone before and explore all of the ways that wolfpee, coyotepee, bobcatpee, etc. can help protect innocent poultry and let their intrepid owners sleep a little better at night.

Because chickens have a weak sense of smell, PredatorPee does affect them at all – but the pests will stay away! T Here is a general guide to help you choose the right Pee for the most common pests:
For Mice: BobcatPee,
For Racoons, possum & rats: CoyotePee,
For Foxes, weasels and coyotes: WolfPee

As a way to jumpstart this effort, we are reaching out to this group with an advertisement in the upcoming issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine. Look for it later this month. We are offering a special package for Backyard Poultry readers. Also, we are reaching out to poultry bloggers and using social media to create awareness. If you read this, make sure to share!

If you have read my blog, you know that I keep chickens and know how devastating it can be to lose any of them to a predator. PredatorPee can make it so that doesn’t happen again. Predator Urine stops the problem. They fear a predator is nearby and they leave. It is as simple as that. Help us get the word out!

Hope the sun is shining where you are.

Until I find more words . . . The PeeMan

How to Protect Chickens in Vermont? PeeMan Q&A

Hello Again! Here are some the questions I have been getting in email lately.

Q. I live in a rural area in Vermont and I have a few chickens. I have seen coyotes, bears, raccoons, skunks, weasels, neighborhood dogs and a fisher. What would you recommend to protect the chickens from all of these? (I dohave electric poultry netting, but coyotes could jump over and weasels can go through). I’m concerned about attracting one predator while trying to deter another. For instance, if I use coyote urine to keep away the weasels, will it attract coyotes?

A. WolfPee would be my choice for this wide variety of predators. 

Q. I just ordered some fox pee to inhibit squirrels from chewing wires and trying to nest in my car engine compartment. How do I store the pee and for how long can I store it to use? Thank you.

A. Room temp is fine, should be good for at least 2 years.

Q. Is there anything I can use to deter a mountain lion? There was one in the woods out back of my house and today we discovered some scat right outside our dog pen which is attached to the house. We have 3 small pomeranians that go out a few times a day. We just moved here in the catskills, ny.

Thank you for any info you can give me

A. WolfPee should be the best option for you. 

As you can see, my inbox is always full of interesting questions. As you can also see, I don’t tend to send flowery responses. KISS – keep it simple stupid – is a motto I like to follow. Plus, I’d rather be outside than in front of the computer. But, as long as duty calls, the PeeMan will continue to provide answers for all those urgent PeeMails. Have a good one!

 

Protect Your Backyard Chickens with PredatorPee

The PeeMan's very own Brown Betty

The PeeMan’s very own Brown Betty

Well, isn’t she a beauty? She lays a mean egg, too. This whole backyard chicken thing is a relatively new experiment for the PeeMan. But, a whole host of critters, including foxescoyotesraccoonshawks, and even dogs have been causing problems around chicken coops for decades.  Whether it is in your back yard or a full farming operation, the need for an all-natural repellent to protect your chickens and their precious eggs has never been greater.  As many of you sadly know from first-hand experience, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, hawks, and yes, even dogs eat chickens and ruin your prospects for eggs, whether you plan to eat ’em, sell ’em, or hatch ’em.

Wolf urine is an effective fox and coyote deterrent that repels foxes and coyotes from your chicken coop by creating the illusion that a wolf is nearby. Wolf Urine or Coyote urine will take care of raccoons, our PeeCoy Combo is great for birds, and Bear Urin or Skunk’Umcan keep the dogs away.  Now you can protect your chickens and their eggs with Wolf Pee, Coyote Pee, Bear Pee, and Skunk’Um from PredatorPee.com, the best and most reliable source for predator urines since 1986.

Create a “pee-rimeter” around your chicken coop by using WolfPee liquid with ScentTags, 33 Day Dispensers or ScentWraps.  This will keep fox and coyote away from your chicken coop for good.  This is not a chemical repellent, nor are there any additives whatsoever.  Wolf Urine is completely natural, organic, and 100% real urine!  The one thing that a fox or a coyote fears is a wolf, and wolf urine sends a clear message that a wolf is nearby.  Except no substitute.

Well, that is all for now. The sun shone briefly here for a while today and the temperatures actually rose above 50! Brown Betty was enjoying the sun, too!  I’ve got some pictures of the Airstream project, and I will post them soon. The PeeMan