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JenAndHens

In the Brooder
5 Years
Sep 17, 2014
7
2
11
Hi! We are currently planning our coop design. We've agreed to winter a friends trio of hens this year then get our own chicks in the spring. 3-6 probably. Main concerns are cold weather and predators. We have coyotes nearby. I've been enjoying the site for a while and have read a bunch of books. Looking forward to gleaning info from all of you on the forums.
 

BantamLover21

Crowing
7 Years
Jul 24, 2013
23,660
1,553
426
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Glad you joined us!

Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help.
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TwoCrows

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BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Mar 21, 2011
47,959
107,305
1,712
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
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Hello there and welcome to BYC!
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We too have lots of coyotes and such predators around here. I can't free range because of all the critters. And coyotes are active day and night. What I do is when I have time to sit with the chickens, I get them out to free range. Otherwise they stay in the run much of the time. So build a sturdy run and bigger than you think you need if you can't free range. Coyotes are diggers. So make sure they can't dig under anything.

If you have any questions, stop by our predators and pests section for more help or even our coop and run construction section for more help..

https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests

Feel free to ask questions here in the forums if you run into trouble. Welcome to our flock!
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Aug 26, 2009
137,996
264,384
2,027
Out to pasture
Welcome to BYC. It's also good to have a cover on your run. Coyotes are good jumpers as well as diggers, and very determined hunters. You may want to run a few strands of electric fencing around the run.
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
25,581
2,436
438
Montana
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Feathers are good insulators. Moisture is a greater danger for chickens than cold. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
 

LIChickens

Chirping
5 Years
Jun 8, 2014
780
22
88
Long Island, NY
Welcome to BYC!

You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

You may also want to read the FAQ below.

Coyotes and the coywolf have really expanded their range in the last couple if decades.
 

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