October 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm #489597
Ravyk post=328264 wrote: Maybe google roll away chicken nesting boxes. The eggs roll away once the hen has left the nest into a little section. I’m sure you could build a modified version where the eggs roll away into a goanna proof section.
:laugh: :tup: Thank you! My DH loved the idea! We youtubed afew designs, and he jumped up immediatly to go sit in the chicken shed and have a smoke and think.. :laugh:
It wont stop the pythons, but ba-geezus – there is only so much you can do! 😛November 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm #489598
Goannas… Boy have I racked my brains over these stinkers! Beautiful of course, but a nightmare if you want eggs.
I did lose a fully grown standard New Hampshire cockerel to one of them. He wasn’t a very big lace monitor, in fact he’d come into the pen through a slightly enlarged hole in chicken wire, so he was really quite a small one. But when I found the hole (trying to close all apertures because I was losing eggs), the goanna became locked in my coop, and the result was a cockerel with teethmarks around his neck and a swollen head, dead of course… It was a mystery until I moved nestboxes and found the culprit.
Roll nesting might work for you, but it didn’t for me, I’m sorry to say. Unfortunately there are big and small goannas in the world, and the small ones simply twist to get the eggs. They’re amazingly cunning, and will find a way into the nestbox and away again in between you hearing the egg-song and hurrying down to collect. Incredible creatures!
They do have to be dealt with though, because they smash eggs in the nest and that brings hens to the nests to eat, which leads to hens egg-eating… :S
The only thing that worked for me was a hot wire around the top of the pen, and small gauge mesh below that. I could only free range after all had laid, then out in the open the birds were fine.
Tractors work too, and that way the birds get to enjoy pasture…
Sorry to be blunt on all the things that don’t work (or didn’t work for me), but boy have I spent time trying to solve goanna problems…
ChookenNovember 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm #489599
While discussing it with a neighbour, they thought of blowing out an egg and filling it with tabasco/chilli – anything that might disturb the goannas belly – and train it pavlov style that the eggs in these boxes are NO GO zone.. :angry: Could be interesting, and maybe a satisfying experiment for those wanting venegence?
(I’ll let u know when I get there) 😛November 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm #489600
One of the goanns finally found the nestbox. It took them two weeks which I was surprised about :laugh: I had a boiled egg in there as a “fake” egg, and when I went out to check eggs and found none, including the boiled one… I suspected foul play. Of the reptilian variety. I only have three chooks for now, so have been getting two eggs most days, and was crushed to think that oh no! Today those two eggs went to a lizard and not my french toast. very very sad. Next day, also no eggs. Sadder and sadder.
But lo! As chooks do, they had actually created a Secret Nest, probably after the goanna had nicked the boiled one and left the nestbox empty and oh so unnapealing. So I found my two days worth of eggs safe and sound under a pile of chicken wire that I hadn’t gotten around to putting away yet, and we have foiled the goannas since by continuing to lay in that same spot – right next to the house, where so far the lizards don’t seem to come. Except that little baby one that lives by the water pump but I don’t think he’s a threat yet.
Which means I can let the girls out at 6am instead of noon-2pm after they’ve laid, which they much prefer.
And after all that irrelevant nonsense, if I make the chookyard fence (which I will have eventually) out of the smaller guage chicken wire, and make the top floppy, will goannas still get in? I would really rather not have to lock them into a house every night.
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