Coyotes and chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Snappychicken14, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Snappychicken14

    Snappychicken14 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2014
    Hi guys!

    We are going to get chickens in the spring and are going to get two silkies and an easter egger. We have coyotes within 20 feet of are house and wondering if you had any predator-proofing suggestions or any help at all. Thank you in advance!:D
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If I felt that coyotes were going to be a for sure problem, I would want a chain link pen covered with hardware cloth flanked by several strands of electric fencing. [​IMG]
  3. RedRidge

    RedRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2013
    Yep... Italian Maremma...
    best investment I ever made. We have lost chickens, lambs, calves, and even adult livestock to a variety of predators from big cats to coyotes to Hawks and Turkey vultures. My livestock never have to be confined now. .. The Maremma protect them 24/7. :) I've had Maremma for years now and have not lost one head of livestock to predators. ;-) wish I had gotten them sooner.
  4. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    We have a lot of coyotes in our area, too. We have a six foot 2x4 “non-climeable” fence around the coop and run, the chickens are locked into their coop at night – there is 2 feet of wire buried all around the outside of the coop. The other coop/run has chicken wire over the top of it.
  5. Snappychicken14

    Snappychicken14 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2014
    Those are really good ideas!
    Thank you!

    I am only getting 3 chickens and plan to make a PVC pipe movable run with a tunneling skirt. Would that work with an electrical fence, or would i have to make a permanent non climbable electric run?
  6. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 1, 2013
    Smithville, Missouri
    must have buried wire that goes out toward the coyote as well as a wire roof, wire also buried at the gates. Daytime raid possible at my place so...... I free range my extra males and have the hens that "semi free range" behind an electric poultry net. I am not sure how much my dog has helped stop flock losses with the fence I described being the most helpful.

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