Whether you have a safe chicken coop is a top priority for every chicken owner. Learn to protect backyard chickens from one of their biggest threats…Predators.
Creating a Safe Chicken Coop to Protect your Flock from Predators
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 security.
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. It’s shocking and heartbreaking how quickly they can wipe out an entire flock. Sometimes the death toll was completely senseless and it seems the predators killed just for the sport of it.
It’s at that moment when you realize it’s too late to start wondering whether you have a safe chicken coop. For responsible chicken owners, NOW is the best time to make our coops an impenetrable fortress! Let’s keep those predators away!
Thankfully 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. Solutions to build a predator-proof chicken coop should be considered during the planning and design ideas phase of building a coop, but better late than never!
Our friends over at 104 Homestead have a great post with several more ways to keep your chicken coop safe and free from 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.”