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Protection from flying predators

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jrudolph305, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. jrudolph305

    jrudolph305 Songster

    Dec 1, 2009
    Meadows of Dan, Va
    At out last home we had a run that was out in the open and I put bird netting over the top. Where we live now I have an area that has trees and brush. I would like to put a 25' X 25' run in but can't really cover it. Will flying daytime predators be a problem? Also if I have about 20 hens would 1 rooster be enough?

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I'd want at least 2 roosters with that many hens.
    Whether or not hawks will be a problem is nearly impossible to predict.
    Many people have uncovered runs and never lose a bird
  3. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Songster

    I find hawks usually take young chickens that don't have a mother hen or a rooster to protect them. I have never lost full grown birds to flying predators.

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