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Fortress, PredatorProof Coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WyattsChickens, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. WyattsChickens

    WyattsChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Our old coop is honestly pretty bad. Although my chicken is quite safe we do need some upgrades. I think I might as well start with a brand new coop. I found a nice, big, coop that claims to be predator proof, which I think will work with some heavy locks. It's called the Daisy Coop its in the building plans section of My Pet Chicken.com. I would really appreciate if a somebody could take a look at that and give me their veteran opinion. I am new to having chickens, the old coop I opted to have the old owners of our new house leave along with the three chickens. Unfortunately two of them died because a bear saw an easy target in our poorly constructed coop. Although I have done major renovations to make is much safer I still would like a new coop. If anybody could take a look at that coop and give me their opinion I would really appreciate it. Or, if your coop has always kept your birds safe from all predators I would appreciate any info on that as well.

    Thanks, Wyatt
     
  2. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could you post a link? There are a LOT of coops that pop up if you search 'daisy coop'. We have a bear here, too, although he has shown no interest in the girls... so far.
     
  3. WyattsChickens

    WyattsChickens Out Of The Brooder

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  4. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh... My Pet Chicken... well, I'm stupid. I was searching here on BYC. [​IMG]

    You know it only fits 12 if they are bantams, right? So 8 standard sized hens, or a mix?

    The coop looks very well built from the photos, and I especially like the back doors. I agree that it would need better locks to withstand a bear, but the problem is that a bear can get into almost anything if it has enough incentive. Cars, garages, sheds... look for ways to shore up places (like doors) that are mostly plywood. You could also search 'bear proof coop' here on BYC, see what pops up under articles.
     
  5. WyattsChickens

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    I only plan on having 5-6 chickens at the most. But that could change! Thanks for the tip!

    I agree it does look to be of good construction and I agree with bears being extremely destructive if tempted. They seem to be able to get wherever they want to with somewhat of ease. I, if I do choose this coop will most likely thicken up the weak spots with 2x4's and big heavy locks. A friend told me electric fencing around spots that bears would consider targets of opportunity can never hurt either.

    I will definitely continue my search for the perfect coop for predator defense, and I thank you very much for your time and expertise!

    Have a great day, and good luck with any predators you may have!

    Thanks again, Wyatt
     
  6. lynnehd

    lynnehd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might also start a thread under the Predator and Pests section specifically about protecting against bears. From the bit I've read on here, most seem to recommend at least a couple of electric lines around the coop and run.
     

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