I'm trying (and getting quite successful) to convince my family that we should get chickens,and my brother is against it. One of the ways he is trying to discourage me is he keeps saying that no matter what we do some of our chickens will be killed by a predator. Is this true? Is there no possible way to make sure that my chickens will stay safe. One of my friends had like 30 something chickens and had like one problem with a predator, and they have a lot of land full of animals that love to eat chickens. I live in a suburban neighborhood and my chickens are going to be in a chicken tractor most of the day and only come out when either me my sister or mom are watching them. Below are a list of potential predators I have seen/heard.
dogs-there is at lest 3+ dogs that wonder around my neighborhood(but that might change since there are a lot of complaints about that)
Cats -there are a lot of cats that are outside cats a will come into my yard occasionally also I have found several semi bloody piles of feahers
Skunks-I've never seen one but there all around where I live and I've smelt their spray in my yard before and next to my rabbit's hutch.
Hawks- I saw one one siting on my porch and then one other one flew past me when I startled it a couple days latter
Crows- We get a lot in the fall not sure if this is a problem
Opossums-Saw one once next to the cow pastures not sure if this will be a problem to
Snakes- there is supposedly a hole bunch of them that live in my ditch according to my neighbors but I only saw one tiny dead one and it was not even in my ditch
Coyotes-I heard them a couple of times in the summer never saw one and I don't think any one in my neighborhood has seen one either
My neighborhood is surrounded by cow pastures and is in some what of the middle of rolling hills. Also any suggestions on ways to protect my maybe chickens and how to convince my family that chickens will live a happy secure life will be great.Thanks!