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NorthEssexsmallholding

  • Joined Dec 2010
stoats and weasels
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:45:13 pm »
I saw a weasel down the road from my smallholding, I read that they can kill chickens, has anyone had any problems with them.  I have been concentrating on fox proofing my fence and neglected all thought on stoats, weasels and cats.  I'm thinking that a weasel could easily slip under the electric wire and bite through the chicken wire, I'm now worried that my hens are at risk from these predators.

The only good thing about the abundance of rabbits in my field is that theres a massive source of food for weasels/stoats.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2011, 07:47:33 pm by NorthEssexsmallholding »

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: stoats and weasels
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 07:47:40 pm »
That's about the size of it - yes, weasels can take chickens and will do so.  But are unlikely to take a healthy hen if there are other easier prey about.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: stoats and weasels
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 07:48:55 pm »
Weasels can get pretty much anywhere  :o Only 1/4 weld mesh seems to stop them - and stoats. But yes, they'll go for rabbits first.

So - how do you tell the difference between them? Well.... Weasels are weasily recognised and stoats are stotally different  :D

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: stoats and weasels
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 08:40:35 pm »
So - how do you tell the difference between them? Well.... Weasels are weasily recognised and stoats are stotally different  :D

 ;D ;D

And WEEEEasels are the WEE ones (smaller than stoats.) 

And the stoat has a black tip to his tail, which I can remember because the tail tip stays black when the stoat gets his winter white coat and becomes ermine.  Sometimes I can't remember whether it's stoats or weasels that become ermine in winter, and then I'm in trouble...  ;)
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

 

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