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How To Keep Chickens Safe From Predators

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How To Keep Predators Away From Chickens

Whether you live in the city or the country, raising chickens is always a high risk of predation.  Therefore, you have to keep your chickens safe from predators by keeping them in a predator safe chicken coop.  Also, when given an opportunity, various predators will feast on chickens.  However, if you make an honest attempt to provide sufficient safety for your backyard chickens, it is less likely they will fall victim to a predator.  Many of us raise backyard chickens to eat healthier chicken eggs for a healthier organic lifestyle.  Who doesn't love fresh, free-range eggs?

Also, training your hens to return to their pen at night is imperative where they can be secured.  Additionally, you are well on keeping your chickens happy and healthy.

Install An Auto Chicken Door

I installed an automatic door for my chicken coop to ensure their safety. With this feature, I no longer worry about predators getting to my chickens at night. The door automatically opens at sunrise and closes at sunset, keeping my feathered friends secure and protected. It's one less thing to worry about, and I can rest easy knowing that my chickens are safe and sound. Chickcozy offers a rather unique auto chicken coop door that opens like an “elevator” – horizontally.

Keep Chickens Safe

How To Identify Predators Raccoons, Weasels, Hawks

First, keeping backyard chickens does come with some work and upfront costs.   Second, know your predators to know what kind of predator(s) lurking.   Also, this way, you can take appropriate safety measures.  In addition, some of the most common wildlife that will feed on your chickens are foxes, coyotes, and bobcats; they do most of their hunting after dark and typically haul chickens away to eat elsewhere.  Plus, it would be best to keep chickens from predators like raccoons and weasels, significant overnight threats.  Therefore, by the type of injuries on your hens, you will know what kind of predator the offender is;  raccoons will usually pull the chicken's head or legs through a wire fence but leave its body behind.   On the other hand, weasels will kill or injure more than one bird by biting them on the back of their heads.

Lastly, raptors and larger hawks will attack fowl from overhead during the day and eat them where they catch them, as you will find evidenced by distributed feathers in the area.  Also, the great horned owl is known to take chickens at nighttime, carrying them away or eating them on the spot.  Next, the more common aggressor is the domesticated dog(s) and cat(s).

Learn To Identify Chicken Predators

One of the most effective ways of protecting free-range chickens is to get them to put themselves up at night.  Because most predators are most active throughout the night, elevated or solid-sided coops are best because they prevent predators from reaching inside.  Unfortunately, we learned the hard way we lost one of our girls because she stayed out one night.  To keep predators from digging under the chicken coop, you can dig about 2 feet deep and place wire around the perimeter of your chicken coop, including the chicken run.

Planning is critical; know how to protect and implement your flock.  Also, we feed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening;  I taught my chickens to come when I “squawk” at them, “Chick, Chick, Chick”; see the video to the right.   Therefore, when they hear me squawk at them, they know they are about to get a yummy treat or it is feeding time.  In any case, chickens are all about routines.  Once they have a routine, there isn't much you have to do for them at night other than locking the coop door.

Red Chicken Coop

Use Lights, Dog Kennel Panels,  And Electric Chicken Coop Door

In closing, I only give my chickens what they eat when feeding, and I clean up the excess they don't eat.  Since pests need a place to hide, keep the chicken coop and the area around it clean and clear of stuff.  After the incident with the opossum, we bought an electric chicken coop door and hung up motion sensor lights around the coop area.  As a result, we installed the automatic chicken door, which is fantastic; it automatically opens in the morning and closes at night.  Thus, it is one of my best investments for my flock and ourselves.

In summary, we don't have to worry about letting them in and out.  We have a predator safe chicken coop and installed dog kennel panels around the chicken coop.  We left enough room for them to free-range.

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