Is it necessary to put a top on the chicken yard and run

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by patrickj, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. patrickj

    patrickj Out Of The Brooder

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    Have a nice sturdy coop built. I will build an area surrounding the coop so that I may leave
    them be for a couple days at a time. I am in Texas. There are owls and foxes, skunks.
    Is it necessary to put a top on the outside fenced area they will have access to with door open
    to coop when I am away?
     
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you plan on leaving the door open it would probably be a good idea. To keep hawks and owls out. And defiantly if y'all got raccoons too.
     
  3. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it's a good idea. I leave the popdoor open 24/7 and went all out and gave them a hardwarecloth enclosed 20x32 ft outside space with a 7x8 coop inside it. And since we discovered yesterday that we have a bear prowling about I'm going to enclose this whole thing in a electric netting fence. Here's a picture w/o the electronet since I still have to get it:
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  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    It is always best, yes. The list of aerial predators you mentioned is enough to warrant it.
     
  5. patrickj

    patrickj Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, guess that is a a yes....thank you.

    My main motive is for tick eating, of course eggs will be lovely. We've a real problem here the past three years. The wasps stopped building nests...and now I have ticks and a couple of dogs..ugh.

    I know Guineas are tick monsters..but noisy, so I am going to do chickens. Are there breeds that will do better with these bad boys that we know of?
     

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