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I have a 100'x100' chicken yard. That's 10,000 square feet. The fence is 4' high with 2"x4" weave. In addition to the chicken house I have a dog house. That's where a good ole mixed hound rescue dog lives when not by the woodstove. He will not harm a chicken or a cat. I also am surrounded by hawks, foxes, neighbor dogs, bobcats, and about anything else that lives in the woods and fields. The only time I ever loose a chicken is if one gets in the habit of flying outside the fence to forage (which is pretty rare). Anyway, I just have to say, if you can find a good dog like Cleo, you won't have problems with critters. Although as gentle and loving as they come, he is the great enemy of all things wild and fury. I love this dog. He is worth every penny I will ever spend on him.

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I always love a good dog story. Enjoy

What is 2x 4 weave?

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You are definitely very lucky.   I know my goats helped a lot keeping predators away just because of their size but they are not as good as a dog.

Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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GOOD DOG!!.

 

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Originally Posted by ryanhodapp View Post

I always love a good dog story. Enjoy

What is 2x 4 weave?

Probably 2" x 4" woven wire fencing.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I have a 100'x100' chicken yard. That's 10,000 square feet. The fence is 4' high with 2"x4" weave. In addition to the chicken house I have a dog house. That's where a good ole mixed hound rescue dog lives when not by the woodstove. He will not harm a chicken or a cat. I also am surrounded by hawks, foxes, neighbor dogs, bobcats, and about anything else that lives in the woods and fields. The only time I ever loose a chicken is if one gets in the habit of flying outside the fence to forage (which is pretty rare). Anyway, I just have to say, if you can find a good dog like Cleo, you won't have problems with critters. Although as gentle and loving as they come, he is the great enemy of all things wild and fury. I love this dog. He is worth every penny I will ever spend on him.

Dogs like the above are like our grannies and great grannies farm dogs of old.  That (plus a 12 gauge scatter gun, a .22 rifle, and a tow sack full of steel traps) was all that was needed then to raise free range or pastured chickens and eggs.


Edited by chickengeorgeto - 1/18/16 at 7:25am
Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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I have a 100'x100' chicken yard. That's 10,000 square feet. The fence is 4' high with 2"x4" weave. In addition to the chicken house I have a dog house. That's where a good ole mixed hound rescue dog lives when not by the woodstove. He will not harm a chicken or a cat. I also am surrounded by hawks, foxes, neighbor dogs, bobcats, and about anything else that lives in the woods and fields. The only time I ever loose a chicken is if one gets in the habit of flying outside the fence to forage (which is pretty rare). Anyway, I just have to say, if you can find a good dog like Cleo, you won't have problems with critters. Although as gentle and loving as they come, he is the great enemy of all things wild and fury. I love this dog. He is worth every penny I will ever spend on him.

He looks like a real sweetheart!

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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