The question of predators

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LisaDouglas1964, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. LisaDouglas1964

    LisaDouglas1964 Hatching

    Aug 5, 2015
    Hi, everyone.

    My family is considering raising backyard poultry for egg layers. We plan to buy a very secure and sturdy coop but I'm still concerned about accounts I've heard where coyotes in the region, (specifically Goochland county) have been stalking around and attempting break-ins.

    I'm mostly concerned because I have 4 indoor/outdoor cats and one is blind. I would also be concerned with attracting raccoons and other larger predators that could present a danger, not only to our cats but to family and unwitting neighbors.

    Has anyone had any experiences with wildlife nuisances such as these?

  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!
    We live in a house surrounded by woods so we have seen raccoons, snakes, opossums and the hawks before we had chickens. Our biggest problem was raccoons, we were new to chickens and sadly didn't know much about them, we had a very bad coop also. So we lost about 10 total from raccoons, they will keep coming unless you either relocate them to a different area or kill them. We had 2 hens that were killed by black snakes (make sure the fencing is secure). I would also suggest making your run area covered so they can't be caught by hawks or eagles or any other predator from the air. Sorry If I'm making absolutely no sense....
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    Chickens have a lot of predators so it's good to know what to prepare for. I think almost every poultry owner has had to deal with them at some point if they've had birds for any length of time. There's some excellent information on various predators in the Learning Center:

    There's also a forum for addressing questions about them:

    If you have questions, always feel free to ask. There are some very knowledgeable and helpful members here.
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to check out the predators threads. If you plan to 'free range,' the flock, basically that provides easy snacks for preds. Some folks like to run a few strands of electrified wire around the run and coop. That can send unwanted visitors on their way.

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