1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Preventing (deterring?!?) Bears

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SlabtownFarm, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. SlabtownFarm

    SlabtownFarm Out Of The Brooder

    18
    2
    24
    Dec 26, 2012
    The coop plans are drawn, now it's onto the run. BUT we have a lot of predators where we are. Bears, fox, coyote, bobcat, birds and the list goes on. I've read a lot about how to deter the birds, already have a plan for the fox, coyote and bobcat. We have snakes a plenty for the mice. So really my concern is the bears.

    My plan is to have a Coop, with a dust bath tire under it, with a run that will be enclosed on all 3 sides. We plan to dig down with 1/4" chain link and also do other type of reinforcement netting, chicken friendly plants/trees etc. One side of the run will open into our large fenced garden for the non growing months so they can roam in there and they will be free range a few days a week while we are hope. We do have dogs as well. Ironically someone told me to get a goat. Well the husband nixed that, so what steps can I take to make it harder for a bear to get into the run/coop.
     
  2. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    About the only thing I have seen mentioned that works on bears is electric fencing.
     
  3. patvetzal

    patvetzal Chillin' With My Peeps

    174
    7
    124
    Aug 12, 2008
    Bancroft, Ontario
    The high voltage, fence with the hi-tensile strength wire keeps them out of our township dump.......
    Where are you located? Black bears or bigger?
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013
  4. SlabtownFarm

    SlabtownFarm Out Of The Brooder

    18
    2
    24
    Dec 26, 2012
    Northwest NJ. We have black bears... and they get pretty big here, so anywhere from 100 pound cub to a 600-700 boar/sows.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by