Help: I need to build a Fort Knox

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by awalters0815, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After almost a year without a problem, I suddenly can't keep my birds alive. Coons keep getting in the coop. If anyone has any simple plans or pictures for a relatively simple to build coop that is relatively predator safe, please share it.
     
  2. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can probably coon-proof your existing coop. Can you tell where the coons are getting in?
     
  3. Al Gerhart

    Al Gerhart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about putting a dog out there? Even a smaller breed would make the coons go elsewhere for their meal.
     
  4. sulco

    sulco Out Of The Brooder

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    Up in da UP, eh!
    Can you post some pictures of your coop, might help and someone can catch something specific that you can take care of easily.
     
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Electric outer fence wire?
    How is he getting in is the question?
    The coop locked at night should be solid, tight right?
     
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  6. swatchick

    swatchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Are you losing them only at night, or during the day as well? In other words, are you needing to fortify just the house, or the entire house and run arrangement? (I second the notion of posting pictures to see if folks can help you fortify what you already have.)
     
  7. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    post pics of your existing coop... maybe someone can help.
     
  8. angelia1997

    angelia1997 New Egg

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    I saw someone state something about putting a dog out there..
    I just wanted to throw this out there....
    I had my dog kill one of my chickens today.. not sure it is a good idea.
    I have a small chihuahua and a austrailian shepard...
    and well.. one dug the hole and the little one was in the pen getting whooped and fighting with the other 3 while the aussie killed one of them.
    I fear now.. once they kill... they will continue to behave badly here on out.
     
  9. mbaodell

    mbaodell New Egg

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    Once a racoon finds an easy meal it's impossible to get rid of them. The old fashion farmer would use "22" reasons to get rid of the nasty creature. You probably have more than one coon.
     
  10. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fix the coop.......set a trap and get rid of the coon!.....
     

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