I'm taking the plunge and am getting ready to buy my first chicks. This is my first post here. I've been working on building a portable chicken house that can be moved with my lawn tractor. I could use some experienced guidance about the best way to keep predators out of my coop at night when I don't get home until way after dark. My plan is to have them in a run during the day.
I was thinking about the electric fence option (netting) so it could be moved easily but have been sort of discouraged since it's so pricey. Of course, I could always build a wire run. The land here is pretty hilly so it could be a challenge to get a tight enough fit with the ground to keep the predators out - that's how I got on to the idea of electrified netting. Then my husband said maybe an electric door is another option. I've looked at the electric door discussion on this site.
The netting and electric door options are more expensive than what I want to spend but we have roaming dogs, racoons, foxes, cats, hawk and the usual other assorted wildlife you find in a rural, wooded area.
What do you recommend?
Thanks for whatever comments you can make. All will be appreciated.