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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by arlenecruises, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. arlenecruises

    arlenecruises Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2016
    I discovered a very small opening in the pen. It was also hidden under stairs from the outside. One chicken found her way out. I set up an obstacle course out of the hole Pretty soon all 6 chickens were able to get out to the yard each morning and find their way back in at twilight. This has gone on over a year with no predators getting in,
    We live in the Rockies with many big predators and all is going well. However in Denver in the flatlands they are loaded with coyotes who are killing many pets and chickens. Not up here.

    For flying predators (eagles, crows, hawks, etc) I made scary looking birds and hung them out. I painted a one gallon milk jug black and then painted 2 huge yellow eyes with big red pupils on the handle side where I attached a small rope for hanging. Then hung old video tape from it flying in the breeze. I made 2 and going on one year now, no attacks. The 2 huge eyes are on the top side so they can been seen from above.
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Very good you've not had any issues thus far with predators. It seems you are comfortable with the routine, however do keep in mind that if the chickens can get in and out, so can any number of predators. Eventually luck runs out......
  3. arlenecruises

    arlenecruises Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2016
    The hole is so small that I am surprised the chickens can get through. A predator would have to be very small to fit. So far so good![​IMG]
  4. meetthebubus

    meetthebubus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2017
    Here is a link for what we did for our chickens

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