In the Brooder
- Aug 13, 2009
Hey guys! I just had a massacre in my old chicken coopI lost 8 chickens in two nights. The surviving 2 bantam hens are currently inside my house where I am quite certain that no predator will find them. Sadly, however, they are in a small dog crate. They have a decent amount of room, but they obviously cannot stay there for very long. I am a female, about 100 lbs, and my husband is away because of the military. We have a small budget. I need a way to construct a predator-proof chicken coop that will not cost much and will be easy enough for me to do myself, and in a short amount of time. any ideas? I have looked at the coop design section but they all seem very complicated. Right now I need a simple, temporary solution. It doesn't have to be pretty and it doesn't have to be great. It will be a temporary solution until I can figure out something better. But these little hens cannot stay in that dog crate forever!!! The biggest thing is that it must be predator-proof. I was also wondering if planting aromatic plants (herbs etc) would help to throw predators off a little? make it harder for them to smell the chickens? Or is there some kind of scent I can put on or around the coop to deter or scare away predators? would adding motion detectors help? a recording of a barking dog maybe? I am willing to try anything. Thanks so much!!!