Chicken Predators

From Central America to the arctic, covering all of the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Coyotes are most active at night and during the early morning and late evening hours.
Coyotes are roughly the same size as a border collie dog, weighing up to forty pounds. They resemble a wolf.
Keep chickens locked indoors overnight and do not leave food outside. Make sure there is no access to rubbish or compost heaps.
Seen in North America, North and Middle Asia, Europe, including the UK and introduced to Australia. Common in both rural and urban areas.
It is not uncommon for one fox to wipe out 100 chickens in a night. They pose a disease risk to your animals as they can carry mange and rabies, and red foxes can get mange.
The fox is prone to hunt 2 hours after sundown and 2 hours before sunup. Foxes take their prey some distances (miles even) from the sight of the kill.
Raccoons are seen across the USA, Southern Canada, Mexico, and as far south as Northern Argentina. They are seen in both rural and urban environments, but avoid higher, colder mountainous regions such as the Rockies.
Raccoons are nocturnal, and also have opposable thumbs, like we do. This means that they can get into more complicated latches, and so a padlock is the best option.
Raccoons also pose a health risk to you and your animals, as they can carry rabies, distemper, coccidiosis (very nasty for chickens), trichinosis, tuberculosis, round worm and infectious enteritis as well as fleas and ticks.
Commonly referred to as 'possums, but not to be confused with the Australian possum - spelt without the extra 'O'. The opossum is found across the eastern USA except for Maine, west to Colorado and Texas, north to Minnesota and up into Canada as far as Toronto, and south right down to Mexico. It is also found on Pacific coastal areas and some parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
The opossum is a marsupial - the only marsupial in North America. They are about the size of a large house cat. They are nocturnal.
The Red-tailed Hawk ranges throughout North America to the central Alaska and northern Canada, and south as far as the mountains of Panama.
The Red-tail is the largest hawk, usually weighing between 2 and 4 pounds. It hunts primarily from an elevated perch site, swooping down from a perch to seize prey, catching birds while flying, or pursuing prey on the ground from a low flight. The hawk's vision is much better than humans. They can see spiders and beetles from afar. Hawks can see a mouse from a height of one mile.

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