Good Trees for Chicken Roosting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AmazingRachel, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. AmazingRachel

    AmazingRachel Songster

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    What are some good trees chickens can roost in to help evade coyotes?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    Most any tree tall enough will do the job. My birds tend to roost in mulberry trees just because there are so many. But while they are safe from coyotes, they wont be safe from raccoons, 'possums and owls if they are sleeping in the trees.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Mine roost inside their safe coop
     
    Folly's place and aart like this.
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    I had chickens that roosted in trees once. It's kind of disturbing to go out in the morning and find the decapitated bodies of chickens after the owls pop their heads off during the night.
     
  5. Erin80

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    Mine prefer spruce, pine or fir.......as in their roosts in the coop where they are safe from everything, including elements :love
     
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  6. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    Do you mean cover for birds to hide in while ranging during the day or for them to roost in at night?
     
  7. AmazingRachel

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    No, they roost in the coop at night. During the day, coyotes pick them off in broad daylight so I was thinking that low/mid high trees would be good for them to fly up into when they come around.
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Yes if they can fly some of mine are game so they fly well, others are LF large shaped they would never make it up in a tree and most likely flying into a bush wouldn't save them from a coyote.

    We have coyotes.bears and just about all manner of preds here that is why mine only forage inside half acre fence.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    All my flocks free range but there are a lot of trees but especially small and midsized mulberry trees scattered around. Their branches start quite low and while my birds rarely fly, when threatened they can fly up onto roofs.
     
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    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    In that case, maybe a spruce or pine tree with lower branches so they can get into the tree, and work their way up. If they figure out that going up the tree would keep them safe.
     
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