How to protect my chickens from predators

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ilene, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Ilene

    Ilene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    Excited to join the group.
    I live in Rockland country, NY & plan on getting chickens in the spring. Can't wait.
    I will have a coop and a fence around my yard & will allow them to free range during the day.
    Besides the coop & fence, any suggestions on improving their safety from predators.
    The thought of them being killed is very upsetting & I would like to take whatever precautions are necessary
    in order to keep them safe.

    Thank you,

    Ilene
     
  2. hungnguyen

    hungnguyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a good dog will keep the varmint away. In addition, there is a product called Nite-Guard, about $20. These are LED lights that used the solar power they collect during the day and starts to flash from dusk to dawn. Get a few and hang outside your fence. Most varmints think these flashing thing are human eyes watching them.

    Welcome to the website.
     
  3. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    I have been pleased with the performance of electric poultry netting. I have a building that the hens go into at night from a free range area that is fenced with a type of netting where every other "wire" is positive and every other one is a ground. The hens have been using this system for three months with no losses. I will not be able to use this system when the snow falls. The cost is about equal to a livestock guard dog. The dog will give your flock a wider area to roam.
     
  4. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.:frow
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] There are a few articles on the most common predators and how to protect your flock in the Learning Center. Look under Maintaining a Healthy Flock. Enjoy the site and best of luck with your chicken ventures!
     
  7. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a loud radio playing 24 hours a day in my barn. The hens don't mind. I keep my pens closed up tight. I also walk my dogs around the fence and let them do their business. This sends a message to most small critters.
     
  8. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a loud radio playing 24 hours a day in my barn. The hens don't mind. I keep my pens closed up tight. I also walk my dogs around the fence and let them do their business. This sends a message to most small critters.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! I second the electric fence and a large dog or two if possible. Check out the Predator and Pest board for ways to tighten security on your setup.
     

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