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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by prescottchicken, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. prescottchicken

    prescottchicken In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2014
    Prescott Arizona
    Hello. I'm a new chicken owner. This will be my second year with chickens. I am addicted and fairly confident that at some point we will have 50 + chickens! ha ha. They are so fun! I have had a rough year with my ladies since we moved and lost some due to predator attacks but am looking forward to this year now that we have built them a fortress. Still deciding whether they would rather have shorter free ranging lives or longer cooped up lives. I had decided upon the former until coyote ate 2 of my chickens after just 2 weeks of letting them out. Now I just don't know.....
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014

  2. Alright [​IMG] It's great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    Sounds like you are learning about raising chicken's the hard way well that is one way to do it [​IMG]


    These Bob Cat's did a lot of damage before I stepped in
    and started to thin them out and two boxes of shells and
    2 dozen Bob Cat's & 1 Fox several house dogs and some
    house cats later the losses have slowed to a stop but a
    Mountain Lion did get one of my geese last month and he
    was over three years old but the real story is you need to
    lock them up in separate coops so if something gets in it
    wont get all of your poultry in one shoot ........


    This is the Gander a Mountain Lion got Last month ... [​IMG]


    Even these genies go quiet when a predator enters the yard

    Ducks are great as the flapping of their wings let's everyone
    know something is in the yard because they do not flap their
    wing and try to fly otherwise ........

    When the yard looks like this and it is quiet something is wrong ..

    This is all the predators are after as they just sit and wait
    to be invited to dinner .......

    gander007 [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I have to keep my girls in a secure run all day due to the coyotes and hawks. I know they would rather free range, but keeping them safe is the most important thing. I get outside with them occasionally when I have the time to watch over them. If the run is big enough, they won't mind being cooped up. Give them things to do like hanging veggies or cabbages, seed pecking blocks or a small flake of hay.

    Welcome to BYC!
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    Welcome! If you are from Prescott, AR look up the Arkansas Folks Speak Up thread an join us.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - you may want to try 'monitored' or limited free ranging.

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Now that predators know where they can find a good free lunch, they will be back for more.

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