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Hi my name is ANDREA and I live in NC
My husband an I have decided to raise chickens we have a acre of land for them to have a great time on, but we have no idea what we are doing. We have friends who are raising chicken and none of them are doing it the same down to the housing
We are going to use a dog kennel and just need some ideas how to keep predators out Main one the snake. I have read so much info that I have become confused I know what I want just do not know how to do it. Pls help this was the best sight I have been on
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I recommend you check out the Learning Centre, it is a great resource :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

Do you have a photo of the kennel? If we can see it, it is easier to know what we are dealing with smile.png
Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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My husband's friend is going to start on it tomorrow we just put the kennel up today I gave been reading the sight about mites and lice what do u suggest for this I gave a lot to learn so I will be asking a lot of questions really want to do this right
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Right now I would worry more about predators than lice and mites.   Please check out the predator section for advice on repelling  the bad guys.  I don't know what can be done to keep snakes out except using  tight, small opening fencing like  1/4" hardware cloth instead of any flimsy chicken wire.  If you are using  dog run panels, the opening are large enough for many wicked predators to gain a foot hold. So the hardware cloth should be fastened tightly to the frame to stop them.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to BYC.  I am by now means an expert and I came across my knowledge by reading and doing.  And I have come to the conclusion that this can be as simple or as grand as you want to make it.

As for predators, I live in South Carolina (just 30 min south of Charlotte) and predators have been my main concern.  Over the past 3 years I have probably lost a dozen birds to night time predators. Why?  Papa was lazy.  I would get home real late from children activities and not go out and close the door on the coop.  My only problem with snakes (black snakes) was they were eating my eggs.  I tried relocating them, but after finding one came back three times, well....three strikes and you're out.

Do you plan on letting them free range or keep them in the pen?  If you can have  a rooster, I highly recommend a rooster.  He will go a long way to help protect your flock while they free range.

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