- Mar 23, 2011
- N/W Wyoming
I think you would be bored if all this wasn't going on. You're gaining a lot of knowledge on your own and that has to give you a sense of satisfaction.We have guinea hens, they definitely sound an alarm to predators but mostly its when the hawks come in. We've had a badger come around but only at night. It was a one time thing and took me awhile to figure out what dug through the fence.
I've never had issues with bears. I've seen tracks from cougars but only saw one once. Saw wolves once but they never have been an issue. Deer are an issue to our garden for sure.
Wasps. When we got here it was like we were cursed from God. Thousands of them. Everywhere. I took 20 nests off the house and every time I took down a nest, more showed up.
I studied all winter about wasps, my goal was to extinct the whole species. I found out I needed to put the wasp traps out, far away from the house. I found this stuff called Drionne dust from 'Bugspray.com'. You puff it all over your roof vents and eves. Its a repellent. They don't like it. Then there is Skillet, you put that in ponds, pools or water features. It breaks up the surface tension of the water so they can't land on it. For days I had millions of dead wasps in the pool. But after about 3 days, its creepy but they seemed to learn that the water was no good and ignored it. The wasps are not an issue anymore. With chickens you have chicken feed, with chicken feed you get mice. I shot 19 mice in one hour with a 22 before I gave up. I found air tight food bins to store the feed in. I use those mouse traps that can get 20 mice. I take them to an open field, with my suppressed 22 pistol and let them go. Its really improved my pistol shooting. I put bull snakes all over in summer and that seems to keep the mice down.
But with coyotes.......I tried security lights, fence and motion detectors. No effect. Diplomacy has failed.
DSheetz is the coyote King. Take heed to his words. If the bull snakes know they can have a steady diet of mice they will hang around. I would dig out a small area and down a few inches and lay a piece of plywood or something over it. About 10 to 20 feet from chicken coop. The snakes may hang under it and mice also. We used to take baling wire and make a short whip out of it with about ten strands. Move a hay bale and start wacking mice. I'd take them and scoop up the pinkies and take home and feed all my lizards and snakes. I had a 50 pd. 6.6 ft. Salvatore (Water) monitor lizard for 20 years that I fed rats, deer meat, cooked chicken, etc.. He'd eat about 10 of those mice in 10 seconds. He was like a dog. He'd lay out in my front yard. Neighbors would drive up get out and pet him. He had no fear of dogs. He was raised with one. The dog would back off if monitor went for his food bowl. Lol.