New member needing some help.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mad Machinist, May 16, 2016.

  1. Mad Machinist

    Mad Machinist New Egg

    May 16, 2016
    Hey everybody,

    I guess I'm the new guy for the moment. My name is Mike and live n Southeastern Arizona. I am not new to raising chickens nor is the wife.

    But we are new to dealing with the coyote problem here. They got into the coop for the second time and wiped us out again. Here in AZ I can and have shot them on sight and the same with dogs. However, this coyote is smart. And I have a lot of misgivings about letting lead fly in the semi residential area even with being a crack shot.

    Can someone who is much better at CAD than me make me drawing for a 25' wide 8-10' center height hoop house? I just need the hoop drawing. I have a tubing roller here along with a lot of other tools and the know how of how to use them.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Mike

    Glad you could join us here! I'm sorry to hear about your losses. Predator attacks sure can be devastating. You might like to pop over to the predator section where I'm sure members will be able to help you. Here is the link ~

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Mike and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  4. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    I haven't any CAD skills, but welcome to the forum, I hope somebody can help you out.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Apart from legos I have no building talent either. Do you know how the coyote got to your chickens? Climbing, digging, tearing through wire etc. If you are using poultry fencing, that's your weakest link. The gold standard of wire fencing is 1/2" hardware cloth, securely (no zip ties) affixed to the frame of the run. A solid roof will provide some shade and keep raptors and jumpers OUT. A concrete base would definitely keep diggers out but, you can use a wire apron to achieve pretty much the same effect.

    A motion detector with alarm & a game cam will show you just what is going on. If the coop is not far from your house, you can also use a baby monitor in coop and receiver in your bedroom - if there is a ruckus, you will hear it. You might also want a perimeter of electrified fencing. Make it difficult enough and your predators will go on and visit someone else.

    I'm sorry for the predator attacks on poor defenselesss chickens - I hope you will be able to stop them in their tracks.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Just thought of your post that i answered this morning while looking through new posts - this link may be interesting to you -

  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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