OK seriously whats the deal?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hcammack, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I just think I lost my Leghorn to a fox! I knew that I was taking a risk leaving them out free ranging but my PVC runs would not have made a difference. gees I cannot get a break with these birds my good luck is over [​IMG] I need help building a run for these birds and I cannot think of a good idea so here is the post where I show my current setup and ask about options. This hens personality sucked but she was a great layer I doubt she is off somewhere she has gone in the coop everyday for a year [​IMG] I just lost two of my young birds to chills also earlier this week this is just terrible I pray I don't lose any more I only ever lost two birds to random dog attack before this now 3 in one week [​IMG]

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=123033

    Thanks,
    Henry
     
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    Aw shucks! The fox never takes the dumb bird that always dumps over the feeder, picks tail feathers and lays one egg a week, NEVER! It's always the good ones.... so sorry for your loss.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i'm so sorry! [​IMG]
     
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks she was not my favorite but was a great layer an egg a day for 10 months staight and then molting and she had just started to lay again [​IMG]
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    First let me say, I am so sorry about your losses. As far as a moveable coop...Hmmm..that would be quite some feat for the size you are wanting. Maybe a large dog kennel..or a few hooked together??
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    is there any way to strengthen the run for them?....do you have any wire and wood around the house?
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm so sorry you've been down on your luck this past week, Henry. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this coming week will be much better for you. [​IMG]
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    A very good deterent to four legged predators and free ranging chickens would be electric mesh poultry fencing.
     
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks these are all great suggestions I think I need to head to Home Depot and Lowes some time this week and get supplies to make a new run or even get large dog kennels.

    Opa I have been thinking about electric mesh but would my hens just fly over it I do not have very light breeds but I just wonder about them getting out.

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  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    The fencing I have look at is 4' and I don't think flying out would be an issue. I allow my birds to range in a 36x36 fence area and it is 52" and I've never had a bird fly out. If you were still concern you could clip wing feathers. There is a post here that shows how it can be done and you can't tell when the birds wing is folded. When I look at the price of wire fencing and posts and that it must be fixed the cost of the electric mesh fencing is comparable.
     

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