GOOD MORNING MINNASOTANS! I am so glad I found this thread!! I am a newbie and got my first 25 chicks just 6 days ago. Lost 2 the first night to the cold (they got pushed out from under the mama heating pad contraption and couldn't find there way back in :( ) and then lost another the next night (don't know why) found him under the heating pad. But so far the other 22 are going strong! I have 10 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 5 Blue Cochins, 5 Golden Laced Wyandottes and now 2 Australorps left.
I'm in the process of building a coop that is attached to the horse barn. The frame will be built out of pallets and the base is from free cinder blocks from a friend who took down her greenhouse - yay for recycling! I bought 1/4" hardware cloth and will be surrounding the coop and run with it but do I need to bury it or can I just place rocks on top of it...there is no shortage of rocks up here :)
We have 16 acres up in the arrowhead 10 miles inland from Tettegouche State Park. I have been searching for other chicken owners up here but haven't been too successful. Anyone close to me? I would love advice on what the "do's and don'ts" are in this area as far as predators and such. We don't seem to have any issues right now I think due to our having 3 large dogs that seem to chase everything away. Our neighbors about a mile away have seen wolves near their horse pasture but nothing has popped up here. Their pasture is quite a ways away from their house but our pasture is close to the house and garage. I can post some pics later when I get home from work.
May as well spend the money and make it Fort Knox. Definitely predator country up there. From those walking on 4 legs to Birds of Prey. I would totally bury hard ware cloth around the perimeter. About 12 inches out. under a couple inches of dirt...so you don't have to weed wack...right Ralphie? You can do layers of predator proofing. Motion detecting Night Lights that will flick on like a porch light. I think there is a predator motion sensor thing that gives off a noise as well. Those are all layers of protection. 4 Square feet per bird on the coop. 10 square feet per bird on the run. So you can accommodate your birds on your long winters. Welcome to the thread Siggie. (and nice compliments on my coop too...--so nice.)