Chicken Farming in The Mojave Desert of Southern Nv

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BippyBug, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. BippyBug

    BippyBug New Egg

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    It's been 8 years+ since our family raised chickens in So Cal. We r now in pre-coop building mode and planning. Due to critters we HAVE to enclose 'em. Any ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Hi Bippy!

    You might want to check out the coop building thread for more information.

    The best advice I received when I started? Overbuild a Fort Knox and you won't have to worry. Hardware cloth is the best for predator protection, making sure every conceivable entry point is covered. Bury it down in a trench 18" or flare it out in an apron to prevent digging in.

    In the desert, you'll also need a lot of shade, plenty of waterers, and a coop with great ventilation.

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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree with Friday Yet, overbuild & use 1/2 " hardware cloth. Cover the top of the run to keep raptors & climbers out.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    PS make sure all coop & run gates/doors have solid locking systems - I would suggest two different kinds. That will hopefully outsmart preds that are good with their paws.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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