Thank you so much!. I'm just concerned about the state of the world and want to have some back up food just in case. Maybe I'm paranoid. LolOf course, it depends on your predator threat. I just have my chicken run with 2X4 fencing and that keeps out my daytime predators (mainly neighborhood dogs and cats) and I lock up my chickens in a Fort Knox chicken coop at night.
I don't think anything I have would stop a mountain lion from getting at my chickens. But I don't have that as a primary concern where I live. There was a couple of mountain lions that came through my property at night about 2 years before I got my chickens, but it was a one time deal and I have never seen/heard them since.
Very well said. I don't even have a predator apron on my chicken run. But I don't worry much about predators digging during the daytime, and at night my chickens are locked up in their coop. If a neighborhood dog or cat shows up in the yard, my chickens run into the coop and stay inside until the threat leaves the yard. So I decided that my money was better spend elsewhere. Chicks cost me about $3.00 each, but laying down a hardware cloth predator apron would cost me hundreds. For 10 chickens, I just can't justify spending that extra money on the chance a predator might come by during the day.
If a chicken gets hurt or sick, I have to tend to them myself. I could replace my entire backyard flock 2-3 times over for the cost of a single visit to our local vet - who does not know anything more about chickens than I do.
And speaking of chicken economics, if you think your backyard chickens will ever pay for themselves in egg production, you are probably in for a disappointment. For sure, I enjoy my fresh backyard organic eggs, but the reality is that I can buy a dozen eggs at the big box stores for less than $1.00 per dozen where I live. I don't ever expect to see a profit on having a backyard flock if only measured in eggs collected. I just enjoy having a backyard flock of my own and that, to me, is priceless.