Couple O questions from a newbie

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by maco5, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. maco5

    maco5 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I recently got my chickens, and have not yet put them outside.
    I am still in the process of building their coop which should be ready in the next couple of weeks.
    I am super freaked out about making sure they are safe from predators.
    There are raccoons, and some barn owls in my neighborhood.
    The house for them will be inside of a dog run.
    I want to not only use the cyclone fencing around the run, but add some smaller stronger wire around it and on top.
    I will also bury wire several inches down for the digging.
    What type of wire should I use around the run besides the cyclone?
    My other question is does anyone reccomend having a duck or something else in with the chickens to act as an alarm?
    I cannot have guineas unfortunately due to the noise factor and the closeness of neighboring houses.
    Years ago in the early 80's I had rabbits.
    The neighbors ptbulls used to jump the fence in the middle of the night and try to kill them.
    I never heard ANY commotion going on which is why I am freaked out!
    If something tries to get in, I am scared ro death I wont hear it and the poor chickens will be killed!
    I do have several dogs, however none of them sleep outside at night.
    So any help or input is greatly appreciated!!!!!!
  2. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    I recommend Geese as watchdogs. Geese are really loud and may actually attack on coming dogs. Ducks are a little quieter but if its near your bedroom window they will do the job. If you get either of these be sure to get a pair to keep them happy. You may also need to expand the run.
    Some people put an electric fence a few inches from the standard chicken wire fences. hope that helps.
  3. maco5

    maco5 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I used to have geese many years ago!
    They were alot of fun until a neighbor complained.
    I can"t have anything that is going to be too loud.
    I was thinking also of a baby monitor!
    The run I am making will be so secure I may not be able to get in! :)

    Any suggestions on types of wire?
  4. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    do geese get along with chickens

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