Until I moved to Tennessee, I had never seen chickens kept in what locals all call "game bird" places that mostly raise chickens for fighting. When you pass these places, the yards are dotted with sometimes a hundred barrels with a bird staked by each one, on a leg tether. They usually also have coops, but the barrel thing has me wondering. How do they keep predators away from their chickens? Surely a barrel as shelter would not deter the average raccoon or neighbor's dog? They almost never have fences. You often see their gamefowl commanding high prices due to the (assuming) illegal nature of what they are for. So it seems to me that these barrels must work, but I want to know why and how....I'm exploring ways to keep multiple roosters for a breeding program, and since they are longtails, cages and wire enclosures aren't ideal. But a few barrel huts might work and a tether would give them much more room to move about than a cage - I just hate to do something without understanding it - I don't see how it protects from predators. Also, does anyone know if they put a perch up inside the barrel, or if it's just shelter?