what is the best way to keep coyotes out?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 2seth2, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. 2seth2

    2seth2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2011
    There are alot of coyotes near my house and I was wondering what the best way to keep them away form my chickens is? Thanks for your help.
  2. geoff40

    geoff40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    Boonies, NH
    By building a good, solid coop and run. Luckily coyotes are big and thus not hard to keep out. But, unless you could eliminate all of them, you won't be able to keep them away altogether. Assume they are going to show up every night, in choosing the ways to construct your run and coop. Coyotes are not dumb animals.
    The lower portions of the run should be heavy gauge wire of sorts, with strong framing to support it all. 3 or 4 feet high, with an underground skirt. Its a bit of work, but do it right to begin with, get it over with. The higher the better. 1 layer of chicken wire isn't going to keep them out (nor other predators). Cage wire, or garden fencing, somethng heavy. Watch places like craigs list for used sections of fencing, chain link, etc.
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    the fewer there are of them the less chance they have of geting in, I trap and dispatch them they start seeing other yotes in traps they tend to shy away from that area
  4. corgiscatsandchickens

    corgiscatsandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2011
    We have a TON of coyotes here. And they go after everything from chickens to the neighbors dogs. [​IMG] We used chain link and instead of burying fencing straight down, we attached chicken wire to the bottom in sort of an L shape, then threw dirt over the chicken wire, that way when the coyotes try to dig, they hit the chicken wire, even if they dig two feet out. We also put a chicken wire lid on the whole run. The only way into the run is through the chicken house, and the house itself is Fort Knox. The chickens put themselves to bed, then we go out and lock the house every night.

    It's all about an ounce of prevention.

    Hope that helps! Good luck.
  5. gpwelding1

    gpwelding1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2011
    upstate south carolina
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  6. 2seth2

    2seth2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2011

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