possible harm?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by grandmaruth, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. grandmaruth

    grandmaruth New Egg

    Jul 5, 2011
    I am a new owner of three month old bard rocks and Rhode Island reds. They live in an enclosed area of about l5x30 feet with coop we use at night. That's the question. Of late, they take to the lilac bush to roost rather than their pen. I am wondering if they are safe there from say owls or hawks? It's not hard to lift them out of the tree and put them into the pen but is it necessary. The pen and enclosure is close to the back of the house. thanks from Grandmaruth and grandpajay.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    If they are roosting at night, they are probably safe from hawks, but not night time predators. Keep locking them up in the coop at night to be sure they are safe.

    Good luck,

    Sorry, I see it's your first post

    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  3. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2010
    Hi and [​IMG], it might be cooler in the lilac bush than the coop, but not safer. There are way too many night time critters that want chicken for dinner. Good luck!
  4. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH

    They're someone's dinner just waiting to be picked up. Chickens are at a loss to protect themselves in the dark. I would definitely lock them up at night. They'll get used to it and will eventually become their routine.
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe you can cover the bush with a fruit tree net to deny them access to it and they will go back the the safety of the coop
  6. 1livelychick

    1livelychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2010
    Welcome![​IMG]!! Definitely put them up at night. It doesn't matter how close they are to your house. There are too many predators that go bump in the night and would love to bump your chickies! If it's hot in their coop, maybe you could install a small fan to circulate the air.
  7. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Quote:This is what I was going to suggest as well, cover the tree. Also, make sure there is enough light (windows) inside their coop when they go in to roost. Some birds will not go into a dark building. Best of luck.

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