We had a predator attack yesterday during the day. We were out an hour before sunset doing work around the coop and when we went to close up everything for the night and count beaks, found a mass of feathers at the coop door and nearby at the edge of our property.
We keep a fully contained set up - a completely enclosed coop with attached run. The run is completely enclosed chicken wire that wraps all the way around and 18in into the ground. Attached to the run is a 100 x 150 ft fenced yard. The fencing is 5 ft. We've had some of our younger chickens fly out of the yard and into our backyard (where our two beagles are fenced) consequently get wounded. And we have one very stubborn 6 mos old RSL who gets out of the yard and wanders all over our 2 acre property to return to the coop each night. We believe she was the victim of yesterday's attack.
Our property is surrounded by 1000s of acres of woods, and predators. Do we set up additional fencing or do we go electric? If we electrify, do we just set up around the chickens? Or do we create a perimeter to our property? How effective is electric fencing?
This isn't our first predator attack unfortunately. We're just at the point where we've invested enough in our small homestead that we need to take action. Thank you for any information anyone can lend to us.