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Fence the coop, or not to fence the coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mmjisawesome, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. mmjisawesome

    mmjisawesome Chirping

    Mar 30, 2012
    Southern States
    We have 4 Silky hens, our backyard is one acre and we have a fence around our backyard but we are afraid that they are gonna fit through it. So we are going to move thier coop back there, So will we have to put fencing around our coop? We don't have run, as they are free ranged.


  2. what did I do

    what did I do Songster

    Apr 10, 2012
    My chickens free range during the day but I want all the protection I can get at night.
  3. seramachick8

    seramachick8 In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2012
    North Texas
    When in doubt ALWAYS FENCE!!!!!!!! I can't tell you how many times something has gotten my free range chickens! Especially since they are silkies. It's always a risk with free range birds but fencing will help. Good luck :)
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Silkies are fragile little chicken snacks; they can't even fly up into a tree or bush to escape. Hawks will love them, just the right size. Long ago I had some free ranging on my farm with my flock; the daytime predators had no problem getting the cute little white fuzzies. never again! Mary

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