The raising of chickens has become more and more popular. There are some enormous benefits. First, you can save a lot of money. You can use the eggs they produce, and use the meat from one chicken for several meals. When you’ve raised your own chickens, you know what they have eaten, and that they have been treated humanely. And for the environmentalists there is the benefit of knowing that fewer chickens are being transported across the country to processing plants. But one thing that is high on any chicken farmers list, is to keep their chickens safe from any chicken predators that may be lurking around in the area.
When building your chickens’ habitat, you need to keep in mind ways to protect them. You need to be aware of what types of predators have the potential to harm your chickens. Unfortunately, the list is plentiful. Natural enemies of poultry flocks include coyotes, raccoons, birds and foxes – among others.
Consider what types of predators are common within your area before choosing the type of house you will need for your chickens. For instance if you’re in a suburban area, you may not have to worry about coyotes much, but you may have more of a problem with raccoons. Almost all areas are prone to owls and hawks, so protection should be addressed sufficiently. Chicken coop have been known to be invaded by bears, although they normally go after the chickens food supply rather than the chickens themselves. This is something you should consider as well if it applies to your area.
Deciding how your chicken enclosure should be build will depend on understanding how a predator is going to get to your chickens. Some animals will dig under fencing to get to their prey, such as dogs and coyotes. To deter them, coops must have features that prevent creatures from digging under the fence.
A very dangerous predator to any chicken habitat are Foxes. They usually leave very few birds alive in their wake. The chickens that they do not take are still killed and left behind. Foxes are clever and can climb over an enclosure as well as dig themselves in. They tend to find any weakness in the construction of the coop and will take full advantage of it. They are patient and extremely sneaky. They will stake out a coop for days or even weeks until they have found an easy way in.
Raccoons are skilled coop invaders as well. They are pretty talented burglars with their opposable thumbs. They will simply let themselves into a coop by manipulating doors and simple locks. If fences are not to high they are also fairly good at climbing. Chicken feed is an attraction also for these animals, so the placing of the feeders needs to be taken into account when planning your build.
Predatory birds are another consideration, such as owls and hawks. Birds live almost anywhere so they need to be taken as a serious risk to your chickens. These birds need to be kept away, as they may spread illness through your flock, even if they do not harm them. When you’re thinking of constructing your coop, make sure the plans you use address this.
Keeping chickens can be a satisfying and rewarding experience. It can save you some money and is great for children to participate in their care. When choosing plans for your flock’s home, consider what chicken predators may be a danger. With some well thought-out plans and sturdy construction, your coop will keep your investment safe and productive. BOLA TANGKAS