predator proofing

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rhythmicgoldfish, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. rhythmicgoldfish

    rhythmicgoldfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i need to build a truly predator proof winter capable coop it will be in a heavily wooded area and we have fisher cats nearby
     
  2. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's pretty much what I did. Basically I built an 8X8 shed. Windows all have hardware cloth, as do the soffit vents. At some point I'll actually post photos.
    I was worried about fishers, fox, coyote, hawks, raccoons, etc. No problems yet with any of those, but the neighbor's dogs have carried off 4 birds so far (in broad daylight, right under my nose.)

    I think the run is harder to make predator-proof than the actual coop.
    Good luck!
     
  3. Motel Chix

    Motel Chix Out Of The Brooder

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    Run a electric fence around the base about 6-8 inches off the ground, use solar charger if you don't have electric ran to the coop. Wild animals hate electric and can almost smell it. I have seen tracks from racoon's foxes and coyotes, they walk about 6-10 feet away from the coop and run in the winter. You can see the yellow insulators in the Picture.
    Never lost one.
    Good Luck!
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  4. rhythmicgoldfish

    rhythmicgoldfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the input i am also looking to preditor proof and winter proof the run
     
  5. Bluemoon420

    Bluemoon420 The Rooster Queen

    Quote:We have fisher cats, coyotes, hawks, you name it...Our chicken house isn't quite done yet. It will be done this weekend, but here is our post of ours. Ill update it later this weekend, and show you what else we are doing to keep predators out..

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=167161
     

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