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No chickens yet. Just built the coop and was looking for info on painting it and found this nice site. Happy I found it but bummed I need to raise the coop now that I read about the minks. I had no idea they were bloodsuckers. Better to find out now than to have my kids find out in the morning! Looking forward to being part of the group.
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Hi and welcome to BYC smile.png

There are quite a few people who wish they had found such things out before they got chickens instead of after. Glad you joined in.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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post #3 of 7
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Thanks
I live right next to a river and 4000 acres of preserved land so I need to be very careful about the predators and I plan to be but I was not thinking about minks. I was more worried about raccoons and fox. I also have snakes around. Hope I can keep my girls safe. At least 3 of my neighbors have chickens and they seem to be fine so maybe I am being over protective. This is my nature anyway so I will go with it😊
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Welcome to BYC.  I would also suggest  using 1/2" hardware cloth in your coop or run. Predators cannot, slash and bite thru it like flimsy chicken wire. It will last much longer, and is a much better defense  as long as it is securely fastened to  framework  - not held on by plastic ties.

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post #5 of 7
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Thanks for the tip
I bought an online cool for starters and they used the 1/2 inch wire fencing. It seems very strong and it is secured fairly well but I plan to reinforce it anyway. I am more concerned about the "doors". They have decent latches on them but I am not sure. I will have to do my best and hope it works out.
What about "active" predator protection like lights or auto water sprayers or something like that. I know some people who use this type to keep deer away.
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. It seems like you are doing fine so far - as you say - its better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to predators!

 

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CT

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

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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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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