Keeping chickens safe rather than predators out

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by atlanticchicks, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. atlanticchicks

    atlanticchicks New Egg

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    Hi
    Were just about to start keeping chickens and is all new to us. It's only going to be a hobby to give the kids an education in other aspects of life-not a business. We are in the west coast of Ireland so our potential predators are foxes and badgers. We live beside a field that keeps cattle in the summer but is on a slope.

    Ideally we want to use a section of this field for the chickens and make it as free range as we can. One idea is to use electric fence wire (we already have plenty of this and a permanent power source for it). If we had 3 strings- one at the top for the cattle, 2 lower down for foxes, badgers do you think this would keep the chikens in? If it was a possibility we could give them a really big area to roam free in.

    I saw someone suggested putting the coop/run away from the edge of the area to deter them getting close to the wire I guess???

    Anyway all advice and help appreciated!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  3. atlanticchicks

    atlanticchicks New Egg

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    Have now posted in suggested forum. Thanks again.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings, atlanticchicks, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Best of luck with your flock and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome - I'm sure the experts there will give you some good advice [​IMG]
     
  6. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you want to go electric fencing I would suggest woven wire poultry netting. The 3 strings won't be an issue for a chicken to hop through. Even if you put the coop in the middle of the electric wire the chickens will eventually venture to it. The 3 strings will surely help prevent the cattle and predators but the chickens will definitely try to go through it
     
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under atlanticchicks [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already sought advice on the Forum Ken gave you a link to, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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