keeping predators at bay

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by myownfarm, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. myownfarm

    myownfarm Hatching

    Apr 11, 2009
    i am just starting on the chicken voyage. and i am getting ready to move my first chicks into their permanent home, their coop and i am trying to take an ounce of prevention. so i'm getting some goats to run with the chickens, i read somewhere that running goats with chickens helps keep birds away. i'm getting two great pyranees/lab mix puppies to raise in the chicken house. i'm hoping this will help to prevent nightime intruders, that and the pit bull that wanders the grounds at night. the only opening in the coop are near the roof. and i had small wire around that. will this keep the snakes out, and have i forgot anything? and will my plans work?

  2. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Songster

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    the things about snakes is they can flatten them selves out to fit thru cracks like the one at bottom of the coop door but the bigger ones it will be harder im not sure exactly how big your chickens are but if a little snake gets throught it will become dinner but bigger snakes always seem to find a way in so just everyonce in a while to a check up on your coup for any holes or cracks or creveses just to be on the safe side

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    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    You'll need a good trusty gun....

    We use these 3 to patrol our area...

    ...but every now and then we still need to shoot predators.
  4. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Western Pa
    Goats, thats a good idea.
  5. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    Hmmmm...better put really strong wire on the top of your coop or enclose it with something solid.

    Racoons are notorious for coming in through the tops or sides of coops....often from a nearby tree even. They are the worst predators for me, very clever and gruesome killers.
  6. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    You will need a gun sometime along the way. I now its a hard thing do but you will have to proect your flock. Also if you are worried about snakes than eliminate there food source {mice} and you will not have a problem there unless you get a pesty rat snake that has a craving for eggs. If that happens than you will have to trap the snake in a pillow case and relocate it several mies away. If you run into this problem than let me know and I will help you every step of the way. My SO and myself are profssional snake handlers.

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