Thinking about chickens.....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jennamah, May 15, 2011.

  1. Jennamah

    Jennamah New Egg

    May 15, 2011
    Hey all- I live in Colorado and have been thinking about chickens for awhile. I just found out that my town allows 4 chickens and a coop with a floor plan of no bigger than 8x10. My first question and concern is about my dogs. I have two small dogs and one medium size one.
    Will keeping backyard chickens increase my risk of predators coming into my yard thus putting my dogs at greater risk? We have a 6 foot fence around our backyard. I would of course make the coop predator proof. But I worry about my dogs that have a doggie door open til about 9pm at which point it is closed for the night. We have fox racoon and coyotes in the area.
    Thanks for the advice. Hope the question makes sense.
  2. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! You have come to the coolest place on the internet for chicken knowledge.

    I started with chickens last summer and the people of BYC have been great. This year I have tried hatching and buying chicks for even more chickeny joy. Please visit my BYC Page for my blog links that you may find informative or amusing.
  3. P-Funk

    P-Funk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Hi, and [​IMG] It's the dogs you need to worry about being the predators:( On another note - You can go to 'Where am I? Where are you?' and click on the Colorado thread. There are lots of us here!
  4. zoo357

    zoo357 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2011
    NW Indiana
    [​IMG] from NW Indiana.
    I don't think our chickens have brought any more predators on our property then were here before.[​IMG]
  5. flightfeather21

    flightfeather21 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2011

    There hasen't been much predators than before, either.
  6. rtlightfoot

    rtlightfoot New Egg

    May 15, 2011
    With a 6' fence i really wouldnt worry about it too much as long as you maintain it and walk the perrimiter to make sure nothing has been digging under. a 6' fence is enough to deter most serious predators. The only concern would be birds of prey but with a covered run i doubt you will have much to attract them.

    I second the oppinion about the dogs becomming the predators. They are gonna have a lot of opportunity to figgure out how to get into the coop.
  7. dkvart1

    dkvart1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
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  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  10. Jennamah

    Jennamah New Egg

    May 15, 2011
    Thanks everyone!
    Ok so ... out of my dogs, only one has any prey drive and at this point he only chases rabbits and squirrels.
    I know some of you out there must have chickens and dogs. Any tips, advice, warnings etc......

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