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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dashdiddly, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. Dashdiddly

    Dashdiddly Hatching

    Sep 7, 2013
    Hello everyone, I'm new here and very new to raising chickens. In fact, we haven't even bought any chicks yet..lol. We are still in the process of coop building.
    We have a large, fenced yard and are planning to let them be free range with a large coop for sleeping. We live in a heavily wooded area, full of all sorts of mischievous critters, including a pack of coyotes that live nearby. YIKES! We REALLY want to make sure the chickens will be safe, so we are planning to secure the lower portion of the fence with mesh as well as put us an electric wire around their coop.
    Will that be enough protection? Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    I look forward to getting to know you all and learn more about our new venture as backyard chicken ranchers..lol

  2. Joshua G

    Joshua G Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Hixson, TN
    Welcome to backyard chickens.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Chicken wire is no good for protection - it will keep chickens inside but, won't keep predators out. They can cut thru it like butter. 1/2" hardware cloth will put up a good defense and is well worth the money. You have to repel diggers ,& climbers,. Predators from the air - put a good top on your run. The electric wire is good but may need 3 wires, one around bottom, one middle, one near top. If you have Bears, all bets are off, they do what they please.

    Besides the usual subjects, the most common predator is neighborhood dogs running loose. Please go to the predator section to learn more about the various enemies and their MO.
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] You can read more about chicken predators and how to protect them here: Chicken Predators & Pests. Best of luck with your chicken adventure and fingers crossed those coyotes won't cause you problems!
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] drumstick diva gave you great advice! Good luck to you.
  7. Dashdiddly

    Dashdiddly Hatching

    Sep 7, 2013
    Thanks for the warm welcome and the advice! I'll be reading up on predators and make sure to be as prepared as possible before I actually bring the chickens home. :)

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