Run design and predators

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MichelleL64, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. MichelleL64

    MichelleL64 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    New York
    Currently I have my 11 chickens free ranging on about 2 1/2 acres. The yard is fenced in with electrical fencing to keep out fox/coyotes. Recently I lost my rooster to a hawk. I want to build a run for my girls to keep them safe from Hawks when I'm not home. How concerned do I have to be with securing the run from foxes given the electrical fencing around the perimeter of the yard?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicks are a-hatching Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    If there's a way in, a Fox or coyote will find it. No one can really say what's best for you. Predators always seem to be hit or miss. I personally like a fairly secure run so if I need it I have it.
  3. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    Treat the run as if you DON'T have the electric fence there. After all, you never know when the power will be out. It is a good back up but don't depend on it.

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