Predator Proofing

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CluckyDreams, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. CluckyDreams

    CluckyDreams Out Of The Brooder

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    What are your best tips for making a coop/run predator proof. We plan on getting chickens in the next two years and are doing our research. I live in Montana. The area we live in has bears, mountain lion, coyote, foxes, hawks, and your run of the mill ground rodents.

    I am thinking I will need the run enclosed both on top and bottom (how do I do the bottom?) I know it's not good for the bottom of their cage to be wire, do I bury it?

    Also, I don't think chicken wire will keep out mountain lions. Do I double fence it?

    Any plans or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. dennin7418

    dennin7418 Out Of The Brooder

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    If you are really concerned about the larger predators you'll probably have to consider an electric fence as a first line of defense. You say within the next 2 years...thats a lot of planning. How many birds are you thinking about getting will help understand what kind of facility you'll need.
     
  3. CluckyDreams

    CluckyDreams Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your response.

    We are currently looking at property on which to build, that's why the large time frame. I can't have them at my current house, so for now just planning. I imagine we will have less than a dozen chickens, so nothing huge. I am just trying to get ideas at this point. Thanks.
     
  4. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Electric fence and a good dog.


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