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That is a nice set up and I am sure that initial fencing investment was pricey as well. How do you keep the hawks out as well as the jumpers? I have seen coyotes jump fence like that with ease. 

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Originally Posted by organictoon View Post
 

That is a nice set up and I am sure that initial fencing investment was pricey as well. How do you keep the hawks out as well as the jumpers? I have seen coyotes jump fence like that with ease. 

 

 

I bought the fence in sections, over a couple of years.  So it wasn't that bad.  I have lost one bird to a hawk in 4 yrs.  For the most part, the birds get well tuned in to their surroundings.   They can move surprising fast when a hawk shows up.  I have seen them react to a crow's hawk  call.  Yes, there is a certain call a crow makes, when hawks come around,  and the chickens know it, and they don't sit around wondering if they heard it right.  They have the coop, plus a big brushy area behind the coop to hide.

 

As far as jumpers go.   Sure, a coyote or a fox could leap over.  But, like I said, 4 yrs without a loss, and I have a wide assortment of predators here.   Animals, when approaching something strange/different in their way, will check it out with their noses.  That's just what they do.  And when they do, they get a very painful correction to their face, with this fence.  I have been bit by this fence a few times, and it will jolt the he!! out of you.   I can only imagine sticking my nose to it.  I consider this fence to be one of the best things I have done for my birds, next to their coop.  It has really done the job for me.  The fox around here were going to kill everything I had.  9 one day, 7 on another.  Something had to be done, and the fence/netting was it.


 

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post #13 of 14
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Well it sounds like the route I will go as well then, when you say open air coop do you mean something like this? 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/open-air-coops

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Well it sounds like the route I will go as well then, when you say open air coop do you mean something like this? 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/open-air-coops

 

Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.  Here's a good old book:

 

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924003138272;view=1up;seq=7

 

I built my coop from the drawings/plans in that book,  The Wood's coop.  The book is full of good info.


 

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