any thing over 50 yards ill just get my (w/ nikon M308 scope) .308 an splatter it all over the field................ soo as our coons see light around here they scatter.......
come to think of it i have not seen coon in barm since we got our goats....... weird
even $10,000 nikon/cannon camera lens block light. nothing is for free. those lens have openings of inches, my f2.8 lens is about 5 inches. my eyes can see way better than looking with a scope and i dont have to give up perf vision.
plus i have a light near the coop so all i need to see is...
what i got http://www.amazon.com/Gilbert-Bennett-308229B-48-Inch-Hardware/dp/B001QINT6M/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=092CT175X8SJA644ABWR electric fence around the area will do wonders, not very expensive, easy to set up. put one line about 4 inches off the ground then 10 inches...
you can't use il law in Missouri different laws
also do not ever trust what any LEO tells you the law is, look it up for yourself or find a pro that dos it for a living. Copwatch, photography is not a crime, ex cop law student, are proof that most police do not know the laws
sounds like a coon to me, you need 1/2 inch hardwire cloth (amzon has it $80 for 100 feet x 4 feet) the coons reach into the pen and pull the chickens out, 1/2 inch they can't reach into do not use the cheap chicken wire, it wont work..... i lost a few chickens to it
I would recommend some 28% game bird feed to get some weight on them, keep an eye on their droppings for worms, worm if they need it
you should be able to get some food grade DE to put in there food and that should be fine, I'm sure someone else can clear this up better then I.
i made an excel sheet to track this, it does not include the cost of the coop and such yet, work in progress, but all you have to do is change the number of birds and it calculates cost per egg.
you can also adjust the average number of eggs you get per hen to make it more accurate