Whether chickens free-range or are primarily confined to the coop and run, protecting them from predators can be one of the most challenging aspects of backyard chicken-keeping. An awareness of coop security basics goes a long way towards keeping backyard pets safe from unwelcome, hungry visitors
|Evidence of a digging predator, whose efforts were foiled by buried hardware cloth.|
9. Provide hiding spots for free-range chickens around the property
- Decoy animals (owls, wolves)
- pinwheels, mirrors, streamers, hanging CDs (shiny things are purported to deter hawks, but none has worked for me)
- Predator urine– deters predators based upon the scent of their natural predator
- Electric poultry netting, hot wire, etc.
- Predator Preventer deterrent devices. The more layers of protection, the better: blinking red lights, motion sensors, heat sensors, flood lights, alarms, etc.
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