Raccoons and foxes and hawks, oh my!
No matter where you live, there are predators that are a danger to your flock of chickens. Most people expect predators in rural settings, but they are also in urban and suburban settings.
Most are sneaky, lurking at different hours of the day or night, depending on the predator and where you live.
Here are the Top 10 Chicken Predators, but some common predators are:
Overall, if you have experienced problems with something trying to gain (or something that has gained) access to your flock, try installing a trail camera. This will take pictures or videos of the predator. You can then equip yourself to deal with the problem accordingly.
Here are 8 tips for keeping your chickens safe from predators:
1. Chicken coop – Inspect for gaps and holes, making the necessary repairs. Some predators will sneak in even the smallest gap. If possible, raise the coop off the ground at least a foot to discourage things like rats and snakes from getting underneath.
2. Windows and vents – These should have some type of mesh to help prevent small animals from gaining access.
3. Enclosed run – Fencing, such as chicken wire or welded wire should be nailed to wood (we used 2 x 8’s) on the ground, or sink the wire directly into the ground. This makes it harder for the predator to dig under, compared to the fencing just resting on the ground.
4. Covered run – Poultry netting can help keep aerial predators at bay.
5. Guard animals – Trained dogs, llamas, and donkeys can be helpful in scaring away predators. A rooster will crow when danger is nearby. Although nothing is completely effective, the commotion made by these animals will, if nothing else, get your attention.
6. Remove food at night – Leaving food of any type will actually lure predators. Finding chickens will be an added bonus for them to eat.
7. Lock the chickens in the coop at night and close the run door – Even if you let your chickens have free rein, it is helpful to close them up at night for added protection.
8. Install an anti-predator device – Nite Guard Solar can be used as protection for night time predators, activating at dusk. It has a flashing light that is sensed as an eye and therefore threatening to predators.
Taking some extra precautions like these may help in keeping your flock safe.
Read more on predator prevention:
– Top 10 Chicken Predators
– 10 Tips for Predator-Proofing Chickens
– Neighborhood Cat or Predator
– Patriotic Predator: The Bald Eagle
– Protecting Chickens from Predators
– Keep Predators Away from Your Flock
– Predator Summer
– Proper Planning for Chickens