Predator invitation?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by newbie1, May 16, 2010.

  1. newbie1

    newbie1 Hatching

    May 16, 2010
    I am learning how to have backyard chickens and am just starting the learning process. My yard is ~18k sq. ft with a 5ft cyclone fence around its perimeter. I regularly see coyotes on the hill outside our yard and raccoons in our fenced in yard. I have read about the need for a secure coop, etc. but will I be inviting coyotes regularly into my yard? I read coyotes can scale a 10ft fence. Will having chickens be the bait to have coyotes making attempts to try and get the chickens regularly. I worry cause I have a 65 pound dog and cat who go out regularly. These are also 'city' coyotes which I believe can be a bit more bold. Any thoughts or suggestions. I also have a space outside the fenced area that I can place the chickens as another option.
    Thank you.
  2. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    Make sure you have a very secure pen. Fort Knox type. Hardware cloth is very good. [​IMG] and hope you enjoy chickens, I know I do.

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