Minks and coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kristin228, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Kristin228

    Kristin228 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you prevent minks from getting into your chicken coop? Because I am moving out to a hobby farm next school year and they've had troubles with minks out there in the past. Any advice or help would be great! Thank you
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi there,
    Mink are very determined little killers. Make the coop as 'tight' as you can. Since they chew through wood, either elevate your coop from the ground or cover the bottom of the coop with 1/4 inch hardware cloth. Make sure your doors/windows are tight. If you have an outside run, you will likely want to dig down about 6 inches on the outside and bury hardware cloth to prevent digging.
    Check your coop daily for any signs of chewing or digging, if found, lay out traps. A .22 will also take care of them if you see them,
     
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  3. Kristin228

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    Okay thank you so much
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Make your coop as tight as a bottle, Metal is your friend especially around doors and thresholds.
    Strips of aluminum or pieces of scrap tin are excellent deterrents for rodents and mink to keep your coop safe. Minks are one of the most blood thirsty predators and can wipe out your entire flock in on session. Due diligence is required.
     
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