Bobcat on Property

A bobcat has been hanging around TBN Ranch for about a year and a half now, and although beautiful, this is definitely an unwelcome guest on our property. Strange considering our farm is located in a highly populated residential area within the city limits of Phoenix. Yeah, that’s right, residential. We still have acreage, and all the rights to have farm animals, even though the city has now surrounded us with master planned communities, convenience stores, and fast food. Kinda cool actually!
Back to the bobcat…

I’m fairly certain, about a year ago, this is the cat that popped over our 6ft block wall, grabbed one of my Silkie hens and took off with her. I was VERY nearby when she took that hen, so obviously this big cat doesn’t feel the least bit threatened by humans.

What to do? Well… nothing. It’s illegal to shoot it, and from what I’ve read, Bobcats don’t relocate well. They often don’t survive in a new territory, and I certainly don’t want it to starve or suffer. I just want this beautiful predator to go away!

What I can do is protect my flock. √ DONE. And… our little dog. √ DONE.

 

 

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Urban Chickens Fall Victim to Predators Too

This past year has been our worst ever for predator attacks. For twelve years, not a one, now, in 2016 we’ve had five. Three were by coyotes, one by a hawk, and yesterday, a bobcat. When the first attacks happened in February, we predator proofed all our coops better over a few months.

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We are finally done and everybody is safe. Then, yesterday I thought it would be nice to let the flock out for 20 minutes while I cleaned the coop.
They stayed close, no more than 20 feet away from where I was working. Sounds safe enough right? NO. Hard to even believe this, but, a bobcat jumped up from behind our 7ft block wall and snatched Peaches, my best mamma Silkie hen and took off with her. Seriously, what are the chances of that happening? I’m devastated.

So much for trying to be kind to my girls with a little free roam time. I never in a million years thought a bobcat or any other predator would attack with me out there, I was dead wrong. And… if you think because you’re in the city your chickens are safe, they’re not. Our little farm is located in the middle of the city, with mega traffic and high density housing all around us. There is however, 700 acres of state leased mountain range right behind our property. Nevertheless, you’d think a busy neighborhood with a maze of block wall fencing would keep predators within their natural boundaries, or at least somewhat discourage them. Wrong, trust me, there are no boundaries.

Although I’m embarrassed to admit I allowed my flock to fall victim to a predator when I should have known better, I’m warning you now to never assume your birds are safe. Beware, chickens are NOT safe unless they are in a predator safe enclosure at all times…  even in the city, and even if you’re right with them.

Below are pics of the predators spotted on our urban farm in the last year. A dangerous mix that most people probably assume are unlikely to be within the city limits.  Guess what… wherever you live, they’re prowling in your backyard as well. Keep your chickens protected, and remember, some predators will also go after a small dog. Today we bought a large 10x10x6ft high covered dog pen so our little dogs are safe when they go outside.  All this pretty acreage, and sadly they aren’t safe to run free and enjoy it anymore.

These predators have all visited our little urban farm at one time or another in 2016.

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