Is your chicken coop safe?
Predators are one of the biggest concerns that chicken keepers face. They’re stealthy, tricky, and strong. A predator such as a fox or a weasel can decimate your flock in one night. It’s up to you to protect your chickens from predators, and it all starts with your chicken coop.
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We’ve lost several hens to predators over the years, and let me tell you, they can be very difficult to keep away once they know you have tasty chickens on your property.
There are many ways to ensure your chicken coop and run are safe from predators. Buying a heavy duty spring loaded latch, using an automatic chicken coop door, and motion sensor lights can definitely help the problem.
Our friends over at 104 Homestead have a great post with several more ways to keep your chicken coop free of predators.
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
“Coyotes, raccoon, foxes, weasels, birds of prey, opossums, skunks, and snakes would all love to sink their teeth into your precious chickens. Depending on where you live, any number of these predators may pose a problem for your flock. However, there are a number of ways to protect your chickens from the creatures that make the suburbs their hunting grounds.”