I am very new to chicken keeping and am probably not doing myself any favours by repeatedly looking up how to prevent predator attacks... The worry of something getting to my girls is literally keeping me up at night!
The set up we have is a secure coop and run which the hens have access to during the day - the hens are closed in the coop over night and our garden is surrounded by a 6ft 2 fence. We are planning on letting our chickens free range during the day when we are at home but the more I read about Fox attacks the less I am inclined to do this.
For extra security I was thinking of adding-
- small spikes on the top of the fence (the fence itself is secure - no holes etc)
- I am considering locking the hens in at night - at the moment we close the door out to the run (the rest of the coop is already enclosed) however I am worried about the welfare issues to the chickens of adding locks to the coop
- I was also considering adding one of the fox deterrent flash lights but I am not sure if they actually work.
Any tips and advice is appreciated!