Bear?

Shelbii

Farm Hand
Messages
100
Something is spooking our chickens at night. Honestly it looks like bear tracks and the digging of bears. We have never had this problem before. Do bears come out at night? Do they bother chickens?
 

Petal to the Metal

Golden Chicken
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162
Do you think it's a grizzly or a black bear? I've never had to deal with bears, but I thought they slept through the night, napped during the day, and hunted at dusk and dawn. I would be afraid of having a bear that close. Do you have a rooster? If the rooster attacked it would surely escalate the situation. But then again, I'd assume the bear would kill them and eat them anyway if it could. Gosh, I'm sorry you're dealing with this.
 

ChickensAndCows

Farm Hand
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21
That sounds really stressful! I can't imagine trying to deal with that. Have you tried any deterrents to keep the bear from trying to get at your chickens? I've heard that the smell of ammonia keeps them away, but I haven't had a reason to try it myself.
 

RichZ

Bean Stalker
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413
Bears are active at night. It could be a bear. Can you take a picture of the tracks?
 

Charli

Farm Hand
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33
We have black bears in our area and they do come out at night. It is the one animal I am afraid to run into at night. We have coyotes too but you can usually hear them talking back and forth.
 

Camoo4

Farm Hand
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40
We have black bears here too. They do roam around at night. We haven't had any issues with them getting our chickens or any livestock. Our garbage doesn't stand a chance against the bear, they tear into that a couple times a year.
 
 
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