No matter how fast we are upgrading our fencing, we are having a horrible year with predators. I’ve personally seen the raccoon. He’s huge and fearless. The dogs have to get pretty close to him before he’ll turn and scoot away. He’d been up next to the house, on my back deck, in search of the turkeys that roost in the pine tree.
Something weasel like got some ducklings last night. They were in a dogloo, blocked tightly with a lawn pillow, behind a tight fence. Frank found them still in the dogloo, with the pillow unmoved. So it either squeezed in on top or came under the edge somehow, and left the same way, leaving all bodies still inside. Two are dead, four are injured, one seems to have only lost feathers. We are treating as best we can, and need hope, now.
We lost a wether to a coyote attack this week as well. We still have three spooky sheep who we’ve been unable to get behind a fence for over a month. It used to be four.
We are down to three turkey hens and only 11 poults. Something pried off a board on the shed they were in. Pried it off.
I am coming to the conclusion that we need a guardian dog. Our dogs are watchdogs and announced the attacks, probably scared them away. But they are small dogs and it scares me to death when they go after a coyote or raccoon. They think they are far more dangerous than they actually are.