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some questions on defense for a coop. (mainly electrical fencing)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by itsasmallfarm, May 1, 2017.

  1. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello everyone,

    right now we are in the process of building a second coop (right beside are old one) for ducks and geese. (and some chickens dividing the building in half). but this is the problem and what we have going right now.

    we use hard ware cloth for the run (its covered) for the raccoons, coyotes etc.. but every summer we go away meaning that the birds might not be checked on for at least 3 days max (we have the food and water set up for this) so should we look at investing in some electrical fencing for the coops?

    these are some of the common predators we have
    raccoons
    coyotes
    weasels
    and lots of them
    then we have some uncommon predators which we have seen (or heard and seen tracks) over the years
    bears,
    cougars
    wild pigs/hogs
    bobcats
    lynx.
    fox
    wolf

    but am worried that some of these uncommon predators could come around in the summer and try to get are chickens and ducks. so would electrical fencing be a good option?

    thanks itsasmallfarm out.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    It wouldn't hurt to have a electric fence.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I can't tell where you are posting from but there is a huge difference between most of the predators that you mentioned and cougars, bears, and wolves.

    Electrical fencing is a wise investment for any chicken owner.

    The main difference between common predators and uncommon predators is the level of slyness or shyness exhibited.

    Just because you don't have predators like bobcats asking you for a light doesn't mean that there are none of them out there.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Electic will stop all those predators excepting weasels. They are a tough one. Best defence for them is hardware cloth on all openings of coop and lock coop at night every night.
     
  5. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saskatchewan Canada am from, we have lots of predators where i live. but have to agree with you there could be lots of the uncommon ones out there just don't see or hear them/signs of them.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2017

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