predater problem

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenman7, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    Hi, Does anybody know how to predater proof a chicken coop?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    There are tons of suggestions in the Predators and Pests folder. Search for 'proof' or 'predator' and you'll get tons of hits.

    Chicken wire is good for keeping the chicks IN but not so great for keeping other critters OUT.

    Burying wire out from the base of your coop/pen/run will help deter digging animals. Using hardware cloth will make it harder for possums and coons to reach through and grab a chicken while roosting.

    Cover the top of the run to deter climbing raiders and birds of prey. Some here also use electric fencing around their coops.

    Good luck!
  3. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    First you have to build it strong enough to withstand assault by the predators you may have. I once witnessed a Pitbull pull a 2x4 4 foot long with 16 penny nails in both ends off the side of a pig pen trying to get to a hog.

    Do not use poultry wire(chicken wire) in openings use hardware cloth or welded wire.

    Last but not least Lock em in at night.

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