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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tootsies, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Hi my name is ANDREA and I live in NC
    My husband an I have decided to raise chickens we have a acre of land for them to have a great time on, but we have no idea what we are doing. We have friends who are raising chicken and none of them are doing it the same down to the housing
    We are going to use a dog kennel and just need some ideas how to keep predators out Main one the snake. I have read so much info that I have become confused I know what I want just do not know how to do it. Pls help this was the best sight I have been on
     
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :welcome

    I recommend you check out the Learning Centre, it is a great resource :
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    Do you have a photo of the kennel? If we can see it, it is easier to know what we are dealing with :)
     
  3. My husband's friend is going to start on it tomorrow we just put the kennel up today I gave been reading the sight about mites and lice what do u suggest for this I gave a lot to learn so I will be asking a lot of questions really want to do this right
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Right now I would worry more about predators than lice and mites. Please check out the predator section for advice on repelling the bad guys. I don't know what can be done to keep snakes out except using tight, small opening fencing like 1/4" hardware cloth instead of any flimsy chicken wire. If you are using dog run panels, the opening are large enough for many wicked predators to gain a foot hold. So the hardware cloth should be fastened tightly to the frame to stop them.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. Welcome to BYC. I am by now means an expert and I came across my knowledge by reading and doing. And I have come to the conclusion that this can be as simple or as grand as you want to make it.
    As for predators, I live in South Carolina (just 30 min south of Charlotte) and predators have been my main concern. Over the past 3 years I have probably lost a dozen birds to night time predators. Why? Papa was lazy. I would get home real late from children activities and not go out and close the door on the coop. My only problem with snakes (black snakes) was they were eating my eggs. I tried relocating them, but after finding one came back three times, well....three strikes and you're out.
    Do you plan on letting them free range or keep them in the pen? If you can have a rooster, I highly recommend a rooster. He will go a long way to help protect your flock while they free range.
     

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