Predator-testing the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bbRedMom, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any ideas on how to predator test a coop without a sacrifical chicken? My friend has rescued a chicken, and right now it is living in the bathroom/garage because she is terrified the coop isn't strong enough. She loooooooooooves this chicken.

    I suggested dog food in a dish in the middle of the coop. If its eaten, something is getting in there. But then she suggested rats, so I dont know.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. krjwaj

    krjwaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest making sure it is totally enclosed. Any animal that wants in bad enough may find a way. I have leanred on BYC that a raccoon's and a toddler's abilities are similar.
     
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    You probably don't want rats in there anyway. However, anything mouse-sized or smaller it no problem- the chickens will EAT it.
     
  4. bbRedMom

    bbRedMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry, I mean she suggested rats could get in an eat the food, not to use them to test the coop! I really should double check my posts...
     
  5. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Put the chicken inside the coop in a smaller cage, to act as bait?
     

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