I'm moving to a house surrounded by woods, all sides, I will be getting my first chickens in a month! The previous owners left a 24 box chicken coop, lucky me! I'm going to start small with 4. How many could I keep with 24 boxes?
I know there are many predators in the area but I want to let the chickens roam during the day. Any thoughts about safety?
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Cross your fingers and pray.
I say that half tongue and cheek. I lose a lot to predators. I just accept the losses. I lock them up at night and keep them in until the morning sun is fairly high to avoid the deadly dawn feeding of the eagles, hawks and fox. Use lights on a motion detector. Hang stringers and cds. Let your dog run with the chickens. All my coops have covered runs attached to them so if I need to they can stay under cover or inside while I am gone.
I keep free ranging because. a short life of free ranging is better IMHO than a long one in a cage.
The 24 boxes does not tell us much, it is the size of the coop and attached run that counts.