Predator Proof

smokindave

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
15
1
24


I have a 100'x100' chicken yard. That's 10,000 square feet. The fence is 4' high with 2"x4" weave. In addition to the chicken house I have a dog house. That's where a good ole mixed hound rescue dog lives when not by the woodstove. He will not harm a chicken or a cat. I also am surrounded by hawks, foxes, neighbor dogs, bobcats, and about anything else that lives in the woods and fields. The only time I ever loose a chicken is if one gets in the habit of flying outside the fence to forage (which is pretty rare). Anyway, I just have to say, if you can find a good dog like Cleo, you won't have problems with critters. Although as gentle and loving as they come, he is the great enemy of all things wild and fury. I love this dog. He is worth every penny I will ever spend on him.
 

hayley3

Crowing
13 Years
Aug 16, 2007
2,061
1,941
426
Southern Indiana
You are definitely very lucky. I know my goats helped a lot keeping predators away just because of their size but they are not as good as a dog.
 

chickengeorgeto

Crowing
7 Years
Dec 25, 2012
8,047
4,200
431
Big Bend of the Tennessee River's Right Bank.


I have a 100'x100' chicken yard. That's 10,000 square feet. The fence is 4' high with 2"x4" weave. In addition to the chicken house I have a dog house. That's where a good ole mixed hound rescue dog lives when not by the woodstove. He will not harm a chicken or a cat. I also am surrounded by hawks, foxes, neighbor dogs, bobcats, and about anything else that lives in the woods and fields. The only time I ever loose a chicken is if one gets in the habit of flying outside the fence to forage (which is pretty rare). Anyway, I just have to say, if you can find a good dog like Cleo, you won't have problems with critters. Although as gentle and loving as they come, he is the great enemy of all things wild and fury. I love this dog. He is worth every penny I will ever spend on him.
Dogs like the above are like our grannies and great grannies farm dogs of old. That (plus a 12 gauge scatter gun, a .22 rifle, and a tow sack full of steel traps) was all that was needed then to raise free range or pastured chickens and eggs.
 
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bobbi-j

Enabler
11 Years
Mar 15, 2010
15,769
32,589
1,092
On the MN prairie.


I have a 100'x100' chicken yard. That's 10,000 square feet. The fence is 4' high with 2"x4" weave. In addition to the chicken house I have a dog house. That's where a good ole mixed hound rescue dog lives when not by the woodstove. He will not harm a chicken or a cat. I also am surrounded by hawks, foxes, neighbor dogs, bobcats, and about anything else that lives in the woods and fields. The only time I ever loose a chicken is if one gets in the habit of flying outside the fence to forage (which is pretty rare). Anyway, I just have to say, if you can find a good dog like Cleo, you won't have problems with critters. Although as gentle and loving as they come, he is the great enemy of all things wild and fury. I love this dog. He is worth every penny I will ever spend on him.
He looks like a real sweetheart!
 

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