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Coyotes vs Chickens Turkeys and Ducks The Delimma

Updated on April 16, 2012

The Dilemma With an Unusual Solution

Several years ago I had a huge problem with coyotes attacking my ducks, chickens, and turkeys which wouldn’t really seem that interesting until you hear how, (with some great help) I solved the problem.

When I was reading a question posted by dubuquedogtrainer on Hubpages about coyote attacks I was reminded of this problem with quite an unusual solution. I thought you might find it amusing so I thought I would share it

They Are Just to Cute

Nothing Gruesome Just Sometimes Why There Isn't a Choice What If There Had Been a Child There

The Unthinkable Solution of Coyotes vs Ducks, Turkeys, and Chickens

Several years ago I had more property resulting in more animals and a much larger barn and pond. At the time I had everything from ducks, geese, chickens, and turkeys which were all free range along with my horses, and dogs.

On two separate occasions in one week when I went out to feed in the morning I found several of my ducks literally massacred. If you’ve never read any of my hubs, know that I love all of my animals as if they were my family so therefore I was devastated. I immediately thought it was a newer puppy I had rescued who at that time was about 8-10 months old who had chased and almost caught several of the ducks (they were better swimmers and use to taunt him).

I planned to make sure during the following week that the doggy door was closed and the dogs couldn't get out without me. The next morning one of my turkeys and 3 chickens were gone as well. Knowing that it was probably coyotes due to the lack of other dogs and creatures where I was located I called Florida Wildlife Commission. They were extremely helpful and let me know it was probably coyotes and they would be traveling in packs. They also made me aware that I was not allowed to shoot or capture them that it had to be done by someone who was licensed through them.

OK, first off there is no way shape or form I could shoot a coyote or any other animal for that matter, anyway. Not that I am not capable (do pretty well at trap and skeet) as far as shooting skills, I could just never do that. I mean take a look at the video with the babies singing and then if you've ever seen the movie Powder, you might as well give it up now.

Then when I called one of the licensed individuals whose number I looked up on Florida Wildlife’s website he informed me that he would gladly come and stay out there at night to shoot them, but he would not trap them due to relocation issues. Ahhhhhhh!

Alright I am not an animal rights extreme activist (not that there is anything wrong with that) but I just can’t kill an animal, watch an animal be killed, don’t want to hear about it etc. Shoot I probably got sick 5 times cleaning up the mess from the coyotes. So I had quite the dilemma on my hands.

A New Protection for All

To Cute But I'd Probably Run Too

The Google Search and Find of an Unusual Yet Interesting Solution

So as always off to my Google searches I went and what I found was absolutely so astonishing I had to call Florida Wildlife Commission back to make sure these stories were on the up and up. It seemed like every search there was suggestions to get a donkey. Yep, that’s right a donkey or some stated a llama (that was not going to happen). For whatever reason some thinking it was being territorial, others a natural dislike for coyotes and dogs, and some an instinct to herd, it all came down to the same answer. Shoot them or get a donkey.

I should probably mention that up until that point I had never really thought about a getting donkey and wasn’t really sure I wanted one then. So I did what every red blooded American country girl does when she’s not really sure about buying something and borrowed one That’s right you just borrow one, check it out and if it works you get your own.

The next day a friend of mine sister from a few towns over brought me a donkey to check out. I have to tell you that in the beginning, even with all their stories and confirmation from Florida Wildlife I pretty much wasn’t buying this whole idea.

Jack, (I know unique name right:)) the donkey seemed to make himself right at home and became very friendly with all my animals He didn’t even mind my dogs which was one of my concerns, but I think it was because they didn’t mind him being around.

For the next two weeks not one of my ducks, chickens, turkeys, or any other animal was injured and like it or not, I owed it all to Jack. I did hear him bellow pretty loudly a few times during the middle of the night, but there was never any evidence of injuries to him or the coyotes.

Jack went home after just a few weeks and although I never had another massacre, I never bought a donkey. Maybe the coyotes went somewhere else and found a new home with a new food source, or maybe they realized they had met their match with Jack. But I never had another problem while I lived there.

Take care and have an incredible day.


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi sgbrown I'm so glad you found this hub interesting and appreciate ever so much your taking the time to comment and your votes . It sounds like your lab is being a protective dog for his loving family. which is so sweet. That's so awesome that so many people in your area have donkeys, they are becoming more and more popular as pets every year. Thanks again for your wonderful comments and have an incredible day.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy I was amazed when I found out what a huge problem coyotes are across the states and other countries. Then when they told me about the donkey I wondered if it could be just that easy. It's actually amazing all the different things they use them for these days and what good pets they make. Thanks for sharing, your comments, and votes. Tell your vet that she may just need to borrow one like I did and good luck. Take care and talk to you soon

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I found this hub particularly interesting as my huband and I live in the country and were just recently talking about how many people have donkeys. We were wondering why...know we know! We have coyotes pass through our place every now and then, but we have a large yellow lab who loves to chase them, so we don't have a problem with coyotes. I really enjoyed reading you hub and I am sure it will be very useful for those who are having coyote problems. I am like you...I couldn't shoot one! Voted up and useful. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is so interesting Charlu! We have a large drainage ditch that runs through our subdivision. It is landscaped around it with a paved path that runs for 2 miles which we regularly walk. Wildflowers bloom each spring. Actually wrote a hub about the wildflowers in that location as they are so pretty. But, we are also warned about coyotes in our subdivision newsletter and people are warned about not leaving animals out at night.

      Just this past week we took Skippy, my mother's dog (now ours) to the vet. She told of losing some of her chickens to coyotes. They were fenced...but not "put up" for the night like she regularly does. She was heartsick. They dug under the fencing to get to the chickens. Not sure if the land she lives on is large enough...but will tell her about the protective factor of having a donkey.

      Up votes and shared!

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi TToombs You are so right about them being bold and believe me if I was there and they were a threat to my animals or family I would also have to shoot them. I wouldnt like it but it would have to be done. Thanks so much for your great comments and votes and sorry to take so long to respond but I am having computer issues. Have an incredible day and thanks again.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      We have coyotes all over the place here and lots of the ranchers and farmers use donkeys are protection for sheep, fowl and now that it's calving season, the baby cows. The coyotes are bold little buggers. I know they have a place in nature, but when I'm out in the pasture with my son, if one comes near, it will get shot. Just motherly instinct. :) Nice hub, very well written. Voted up and all that.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Moonlake Oh my goodness I can't imagine hearing them in my yard or beating one to death. Although if I had been there when it was happening I probably would have done the same thing, they get to be like your family.

      Thanks for sharing with us in your comments and the votes. Please know that they are always appreciated and take care.

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      7 years ago from America

      Never heard that about the Donkey but a good idea. We have packs of coyotes. I have heard them right in our yard. The lady across the field from us had one in her chicken yard in day time killing her chickens. She went in after him and beat him to death. Terrible to say but she was mad, she loved her chickens.

      Good hub enjoyed reading it voted up.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Teaches Donkeys can be very loud and scary especially when they're chasing you. At the ranch where I worked we had one that gave birth and was protective for a little while. Thanks for stopping by and your greatly appreciated comments. Have a great night

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Interesting that the donkey kept the coyotes away. Perhaps the size of the animal was a scare. The donkey in the video did appear threatening with the loud hee-hawing. Glad you do not have that problem any longer.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      We did have a turkey once. I'm not certain how we got a turkey, but I'm certain my dad didn't pay for had to have been given/donated/dumped off here.

      It was just too big to live in a chicken pen with the the turkey sort of went free range....I'm beyond sure what happened to it...coyotes.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Wesman Todd Shaw Thanks so much for taking the time stop by and your wonderful comments. Believe me, I am with you on the love hate relationship with coyotes. When they were killing the ducks, chickens, and turkey I wanted to shoot them but then I knew there was no way once I was looking down a scope.

      Where I am now I don't have any chickens, ducks, or turkeys (except the wild ones) but I don't ever hear of coyotes around here. Hmmmmm That's to cute about the snakes lol Take care a and thanks again

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Very well written and informative!

      I have a love/hate relationship with coyotes. Sometimes it sounds like there are over a hundred of them dancing around my tiny travel trailer home...taunting me.

      I've not heard them in a bit though.

      Here on the property...our cows see to their own, dad has the chickens in coops that only snakes can get into (but can't get out of if they've ate a chicken!!!)

      ...and no ducks.

      ...well, there is a pond way at the back. I probably ought to spend some more time out there. There might be ducks...and other folks in the area have told me that they've lost ducks to the coyotes.

      In any case - very nice work here, I enjoyed it.


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