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September 2011 Vol. 2
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Hinkle : Hi Gina, from the Texas Gulf Coast; Thought I would
share some of my experiences with you. I have six hens that I keep
in a portable coop made from an old dog kennel and some boat jacks.
It works fairly well, though I need a wheel on the front yet. For
now when ever my son drops by from college the two of us move it.
I have been having problems with large Coyotes (they are bigger than
my lab) grabbing chickens through the wire and pulling them underneath
the coop. I put up an electric fence and so far it has been effective.
I watch frequently from high ground with my rifle, but haven't seen
them when I am armed.
have been letting the hens free range during the day when I am
home. The other day when I was out in the barn I heard one of
the hens give an alert, so I checked it out. She was in the weeds
standing very alert when suddenly she jumped and in a panic came
running to me and the dog, right behind her was a three foot long
brown snake moving fast. I carry a little pocket pistol around
the house, and with a quick draw that make Roy Rodgers proud I
dispatched the viper with a quick shot to the head. It stopped
immediately, stone cold dead. Lucky shot! Shortly after I collected
eggs - It looked like that scared hen layed four eggs, though
I suspect she had some help. I would not want to use this little
pistol on a large rattle snake, because the effective range with
rat shot is about four feet, the same range as the larger snakes.
Plan, B, get a hoe or shovel with a long handle.
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