Help me Predator Proof!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by emsbems36, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. emsbems36

    emsbems36 New Egg

    Jun 4, 2011

    thats the little door - with a relatively simple latch.


    view from inside


    view from outside

    I realize it needs quite a bit of cleaning up, so don't worry! The fence is 11' but has no roof and does not go very far into the ground.

    I live in a very small, suburban town in the California bay area. My main concern is raccoons and hawks, as I had one snatch a bunny a few years ago.

    How do I make this safer for my ducks??
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Go to the BYC coop design pages and get some ideas, your options are limitless at this point.
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Best I can suggest against racoons and hawks is duck house and a enclosed run with top and floor. Your fence will not stop a coon as he will just crawl over it and to stop them and hawks, you would have to wire in a top and sides over the whole yard.

    Look into a small duck shed and fully enclosed run in possibly a tractor design. This would provide excellent security when you aren't there and allow the two of you to walk the yard and weed when you're home. Can't think of another way to protect your bird from unauthorized visitors unless you go with duck diapers and move the bird inside the house
  4. romadfox

    romadfox Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Ridgeway, SC
    Hey Y'all,
    I live in the country and I know there are predators out there, but I don't see themn much. I have apretty secure run and coop, but I also have invested in these Solar Nite eyes to repel predators. Here's a link where you can read more about them. If you decide to order them, tell them you saw their ad in GRIT's Backyard Chickens mag for a discount.
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Just an opinion but I can see that flashing a coon or fox in the eyes will run them off. Done it too many times with a flashlight without having them move to believe it works. Works better to use a flash light to locate the eyes ans shoot between them

    May be better off with electric fence.

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