Pest Manage For The Chicken Property

The chicken home is a prime target for all sorts of pests.  Depending on your location, these could include opossum, raccoon, snakes, mink, skunk, rats and mice, just to name a few.

Some chicken houses are fairly secure, some are open to something that makes its way in.  How secure the chicken home depends on building.

Some pest can chew through a wall, some slither in and some need a excellent size entrance.

Chicken House Style

My very first chicken house, back in the 1980s, was a lean-to off the side of a shed.  I had problems with all sorts of predators.  Late one evening I went out to collect eggs and did not bring a flashlight.  When I reached in to feel for the eggs, I grabbed a chicken snake.  In the matter of a few nights, a mink killed all of my ducks.

The second chicken property was three feet off the ground, had a hardware cloth floor, plywood walls and a tin roof.  The entrance was a ladder door that was closed at evening.  In the two years I utilised that chicken house, I did not drop a single chicken.

The third chicken house is sixteen feet by sixteen feet square, sits on the ground, dirt floor, has an open entrance that goes into the chicken yard and a complete sized door, which I use to enter the chicken house.  So far, I have lost three or four chickens to opossums and a bunch of eggs to raccoons.


The only way to hold rodents out of the chicken property is for it to be completely screened in at ground level, or have some type of metal shielding such as tin of flashing.  Wooden walls can be chewed by means of.

Mice and rats go into the home at night and eat the chicken feed.

For the most element, mice pose small dilemma to chickens and chicks.  Rats on the other hand will kill a chicken or chick.

For catching rats, I use a modest reside trap.  NEVER put rat poison out and never use a classic style rat trap.

I take the rats several miles away from my house and drop them off in a rural region.  A coyote, bobcat or owl will make a meal out of them.


A chicken snake, aka rat snake, can get into the chicken property through a hole about the size of a half dollar, or maybe significantly less.  I saw a 4 foot long chicken snake squeeze through a space only a half inch wide and about two inches lengthy.

Chicken snake

Chicken snakes can be your pal, or they can be a pest.  They eat rats and mice, but they also eat chicks and eggs.  If you suspect there is a snake visiting the chicken property, verify at sundown.  Twilight is when most chicken snakes are on the move.

I normally take a hoe to the chicken house, pin the snakes head down, grab it, and either release it a lengthy way from the chicken residence or kill it.

If I see a chicken snake near the chicken yard, I generally leave it alone.  They are helpful in maintaining rats and mice below control.

Four Legged Critters

Opossums and minks will kill every little thing from chicks to adult chickens by eating the head.  I have had opossums attain by means of a cage and claw at the chicks in an try to grab them

Raccoons and skunks are typically egg thieves, but have been known to sometimes kill a chicken.

Cats will kill young chicks and chicks that are a number of months old.

I use a Havahart live trap to catch 4 legged critters. Never use a foothold trap where chickens can get into it.  Over the years I have caught many chickens and a couple of guineas in the live traps.  They have been all released unharmed.

Safety Initial

When it comes to dealing with pests, the chickens’ security comes very first.  This means no poison, no rat traps, no foot hold traps, absolutely nothing that can harm the chickens.

If you suspect a predator is going around the chicken residence, set up a wildlife camera.  The photos should give you an concept of what you are dealing with.

Extreme Scent Manage for Significant Bowhunters

What I am about to tell you may possibly shake up your thoughts about scent control. Back in 2002, I learned that it is attainable to fool all of the deer all of the time. This is how it worked.


There are lots of goods on the market nowadays that promise to remove odor. Numerous of them operate really well. Back in 2002, nevertheless, there were no ozone machines, only a couple of scent-elimination sprays and two scent-manage garment options. My inspiration for extreme scent handle was not higher-tech it started from my experiences when hunting from ground blinds.

The Inspiration
My friends and I came up with a program of sealing ground blinds so none of our odor got out. We applied plastic sandwich wrap to the windows to maintain the odor in although nonetheless enabling us to shoot out by means of the plastic, and we even dug in the skirts of the blinds to make positive no scent slipped out the bottom.

As a outcome of this operate, we have been in a position to hunt from ground blinds correct in the middle of feeding regions with deer all around us, and none of the deer knew we were there. We killed some very big bucks as a result and learned a worthwhile lesson: you can beat all the deer all the time if you entirely bottle up your scent. There’s nothing at all higher-tech about that.

There had been lots of spots on the farm I was hunting back then that would have been amazing if only the wind didn’t swirl in those areas. I decided to place up a ground blind in a handful of of those spots, scentproof it and see what would come about.

If you have hunted from blinds in the timber, you know the dilemma I faced subsequent you can not see something as it approaches. From a treestand, you will get an occasional surprise check out, but most of the time you see the deer well in advance. But from a blind, most encounters are way as well spontaneous to permit a controlled shot. You will be sitting there looking out the window and abruptly a deer will step from one of your blind spots and walk right previous prior to you can even react.

This drove me nuts. So, to remedy the scenario, I started employing a ground blind with a zippered leading panel. I would actually stand in that blind with my head sticking out the roof. I would then zip the closure tight around my neck to further include all scent inside the blind. The only issue outdoors the blind was my head, and to preserve that as scent-totally free as feasible I wore two came head covers.

If a shooter had showed up, I would have speedily pulled my head down into the blind, grabbed my bow and positioned myself in front of the appropriate window. My head was like a turret as I consistently panned the surroundings hoping to see the deer just before they saw me.

I am sure it was quite a sight! Thankfully, no one particular was there to see it. The deer, on the other hand, didn’t look to care a single bit. I had deer walking all about the blind, as close as five yards away, with my head sticking oddly out the leading.

I by no means did kill a buck even though — I got burned out on this style of hunting prior to that happened. As a lot enjoyable as it is to do anything this inventive, I soon tired of the arrangement. This was far from comfortable, and right after a couple of days, I had enough.

The Resolution
That is when the thought struck me. The idea worked. Now I just had to shrink the ground blind down till it was the size of my body and I would just wear it. In other words, I started seeking for approaches to totally include my scent inside air-tight clothing.

In the simplest terms, the notion was to do nothing more with my body than what we do with our hunting clothes I just place myself into a scent-proof bag. Only the purpose was not to maintain the scent out, but to keep it in.

With this inspiration in thoughts, one particular of my friends, Larry Kendall, and I set out to uncover the correct garment. It had to contain scent, of course, but it could not have an odor of its own. We experimented with a quantity of garments produced from various components before ultimately settling on PVC.


We purchased hooded PVC rain jackets. Larry purchased a pair of PVC pants and boots, although I took this one step farther and bought a set of PVC waders from Cabela’s. I then tucked the rain jacket into the waders and duct taped the junction so no scent could possibly escape.

Subsequent, I pulled the hood up and tied it tightly ahead of duct taping around the neck opening to make certain no scent escaped from the jacket out through the neck.

Ultimately, I wore latex gloves and duct taped the cuffs of the jacket to the gloves. The only issue left was my breath, and I didn’t mess with that. I figured I would just breathe by means of my nose if it proved to make a distinction.

I am confident you are dying to know if it worked. My test began in Alberta in September. I keep in mind a single evening when the temperature was in the low 90s. I got to my stand early, with the sun pounding down. Three hours later, I was dehydrated and suffering from heat exhaustion.

I had to get out of that point prior to I died. There were 4 or 5 does downwind of me feeding contentedly in the alfalfa when I pulled the hood down. Within 30 seconds, they stuck their noses up and trotted off. I just couldn’t take it any longer — I was actually dying.

When I climbed down at dark and created my way to the outfitter’s truck, I was sloshing in water in the waders. I am not exaggerating. I actually poured sweat out of those waders when I took them off.

It was a bad knowledge and a hazardous 1, but it did prove the concept. If you go to extremes, you can fool all the deer all the time.

I wore the contraption for the rest of the season, every time out. Never ever as soon as did a deer detect danger, even even though I often dropped wind floaters that sailed appropriate to their noses. For his element, Larry seasoned really comparable outcomes to mine employing his method.

It was the ideal season I ever spent when it comes to not spooking deer — and with the waders, the deer by no means even once detected my ground scent. Nevertheless, it was also by far the least comfy season I have ever spent in a treestand.

Why It Worked
That program worked for four factors. Very first, it completely contained my odor, as I have already mentioned. Second, the garments have been produced of a material that didn’t have any residual odor of its own. That is really critical. Third, the garments had very small surface location compared to other choices.

Feel about odor absorption in terms of soaking up water. If a garment can soak up water, it can also soak up (and hold) scent. When the wind blows or you move, particles and fibers containing the scent slough off the garment and the wind carries it to downwind deer.

The much less surface area, the less opportunity for scent molecules to adhere. If you dunk a pair of waders in water and then pull them out, they will not weigh significantly a lot more than they do dry. Try that with a fleece jacket and see what takes place. Which one do you consider will absorb and hold scent most aggressively?

Not only that, but it was very simple to scrub the PVC garments clean and set them in the sun to evaporate any scent that may possibly somehow attach to the surface. Becoming capable to scrub the garment with a stiff bristle brush was essential in becoming capable to get it totally clean.

If you don’t believe different materials hold scent differently, attempt an experiment. In a dimly lit space that is backlit by the sun shining in a window, shake a fleece jacket and see what drops off it and gradually settles to the floor. Now attempt the very same thing with a PVC rain jacket. You will notice a enormous difference. This just shows you what happens when the wind blows and carries scent molecules and tainted particles from the garment downwind.

Finally, the fourth explanation the technique worked is simply because I was really careful to only deal with the garments with clean gloves and then to only take them out of their tote when I was heading in to hunt or when washing and hanging in the sun to dry.

The Compromise
You can do what I did, and you can experience the very same successes and hardships I seasoned. It will work. However, you will not enjoy the time nearly as a lot as you would with far more comfy clothes. In the finish, you will ask your self, like I did, regardless of whether it is worth it.

Manufacturers know men and women will not purchase the ideal solution. They will complain it is as well loud, too hot, as well cold, also shiny, and so forth. So, to sell scent-handle clothing, garment makers have to strike a compromise among comfort, overall performance and effectiveness.


In this attempt, they land all over the spot. Some are much more effective than others, but less comfortable. Other individuals are super comfy and quiet, but not as
powerful. You will need to sort that out for yourself, but I do know that it can be accomplished — you can fool all the deer all the time, but you have to go to extremes.

Comfortable Extremes
There are a lot of approaches you can push your scent-handle efforts to the extremes with no being wrapped in a polyvinyl cocoon. Last season, I and the rest of the Midwest Whitetail team started testing Ozonics machines. We had open minds. The organization was interested in sponsoring our web shows, but there was also an additional competing business in the ozone arena that was interested. So, we didn’t have a monetary incentive to pick one particular over the other.

Following a season of testing, all six of us came to the exact same conclusion that Ozonics did function to minimize the reaction of deer to our presence. Ours was also a harsh test, simply because we always have two folks in the tree — a hunter and a cameraman — putting the technique to the maximum test. I will not say we beat all the deer all the time, but we did beat most of the deer most of the time. Even so, when employed in a blind with only one window open, the Ozonics was almost one hundred % effective. And in a treestand it nevertheless produced a noticeable difference.

Of course, various organizations offer you odor-handle clothing. I am confident that if utilised appropriately, all will aid reduce human scent to some degree. I have not tried all of them, so I don’t have an opinion on which is best. Scent-eliminating sprays also do make a difference. So, you have lots of comfy possibilities in today’s

No matter what system you use, the most crucial thing you can do is manage your garments as little as feasible. I consider it is a lot harder to eliminate scent contaminants from clothing than detergent makers would like you to believe. At a specific point, you cannot get them clean sufficient no matter how frequently you wash them. Give them to the kid who mows your lawn and buy new garments.


Even so, you can prolong the successful life of scent-manage clothes by only wearing it when in fact hunting and not handling the garment with bare hands. I often put on a fresh, clean pair of gloves every time I go hunting and I also keep the gloves clean by not placing them on till I start dressing to head for the stand. That guarantees I won’t transfer any far more scent to the garments than completely necessary.

I have made a huge deal about the 3 levels of scent control. You can fool some of the deer some of the time, you can fool most of the deer most of the time or you can fool all the deer all the time. If you actually want to go to the absolute fringe of effort and comfort — and push your sanity — I have verified it is attainable to attain level 3, to fool all the deer all the time.

I am not confident that is realistic for several bowhunters, although. Most bowhunters, with moderate scent-manage efforts, are very easily capable of a level 1 outcome. Fooling some of the deer some of the time will absolutely pay rewards and at the quite least will minimize the distance that deer can smell you, keeping your hunting location fresher longer.

If you get a small a lot more extreme, you can proceed to level two. This is a very good objective for severe bowhunters. You can still preserve some comfort even though taking maximum benefit of today’s garment, spray and ozone technologies. The rewards right here are significantly more obvious — directly resulting in far more deer in the freezer.



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Is it as nifty as a paracord survival grenade? You choose.

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