Testing Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by naj55, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. naj55

    naj55 In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2016
    Burien, WA
    Hi I'm a first time poultry raiser I will be getting three welsh harlequins this spring and am finishing up building their coop. I was wondering if anyone had advice on how I could test if the coop is predator proof before I actually put the ducks inside. I have quite a bit of time as I will be getting ducklings and raising them inside until they are hardy enough to be put outside. I live in a Seattle suburb and havent seen any predators quite yet but the homeowner of the house I am renting had mentioned he had lost a hen to a predator once although he didnt know what had taken it. Thanks for any advice!

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi, I'm sure there are lots of threads in the subject as well as on the coop forum - I'd suggest you take a squizz at those in order to help you. Your state thread may give you access to advice from members in your area who will be able to advise further.

    Good luck

  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    Honestly, the best test is to put your birds in the coop. Unfortunately, it's a steep learning curve. Once you get your ducks, you will find that they attract predators you didn't even know you had in your area. CTKen has good advice - check out the coop forum and see how people are predator proofing their coops and runs. There is a lot of good advice over there.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Post pics of coop would be a good start.

    I'll ask to have this thread moved to Coop and Run - Design and Construction forum
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016

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