What colored chickens are best to avoid predators?

What colored birds are best for predator protection?


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Weeg

Free Ranging
Jul 1, 2020
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I have heard separate thoughts on which colored chickens, are less likely to get predators attention. Light colored birds, or dark colored birds. Some say light, some say dark, I want to know what your experiences have been, and what you think. This is coinciding with this thread- https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...-100-forage-diet.1440364/page-2#post-23879309 , on my idea to do a 100% foraging/free ranging diet. It explains my idea there. But I need a breed that can survive free ranging and wont attract as much attention to its self. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
 

Pencilled Palm

Songster
Oct 23, 2020
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Added Spotted or Barred to the list!
Welcome. Though as I said on the other thread, I have heard that some people have the MOST issues with barred birds getting picked off by birds of prey. (Since they are LOOKING or that basic coloring because many of their normal prey animals are "grayish" looking. Wild game birds = generally grayish. Mice and rats = gray. wild rabbits = gray etc... ) I'm sure no expert, nor do I play one on TV, but it does make sense too. :) What it comes down to is luck, your predator load, how aware your birds ARE, and how many places they have to hide. Are you palnning on having roosters?
 

Weeg

Free Ranging
Jul 1, 2020
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Small town in Washington
Welcome. Though as I said on the other thread, I have heard that some people have the MOST issues with barred birds getting picked off by birds of prey. (Since they are LOOKING or that basic coloring because many of their normal prey animals are "grayish" looking. Wild game birds = generally grayish. Mice and rats = gray. wild rabbits = gray etc... ) I'm sure no expert, nor do I play one on TV, but it does make sense too. :) What it comes down to is luck, your predator load, how aware your birds ARE, and how many places they have to hide. Are you palnning on having roosters?
Yes! Defiantly roosters. As many roosters as I can have with 15-20 chickens. So maybe about 3? I get the whole grey thing as well. I bet it depends on the predators too. So far, most of my chickens on the list are brown, so so far, seems like I am going with brown. Though Rabbits, mice, moles, and other prey, are brown to. There isn't a lot of pretty that is white though....
 

Pencilled Palm

Songster
Oct 23, 2020
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1,037
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North central, WA
Yes! Defiantly roosters. As many roosters as I can have with 15-20 chickens. So maybe about 3? I get the whole grey thing as well. I bet it depends on the predators too. So far, most of my chickens on the list are brown, so so far, seems like I am going with brown. Though Rabbits, mice, moles, and other prey, are brown to. There isn't a lot of pretty that is white though....
Yeah, that is why I said "grayish" the first time. LOL Easier than saying grayish brown.
 

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