All thoughts and words are my own. Whether you live in the city or out in the country, predators are always a concern if you have a flock of backyard chickens. In our previous home in the city, we frequently dealt with raccoons, skunks, and opossums passing through our yard. Some of you may remember the heartbreak of one of our original hens being killed by a raccoon ; another was injured in a separate incident but luckily survived. Though we may not like it, predators are a fact of homesteading life.
How to Predator Proof Your Chicken Coop
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The challenge has been finding a way to secure the floor without closing it off completely or permanently. After all, you need the open floor for mobility, cleaning, and access to grazing. The Garden Ark chicken tractor is an open-floored mobile chicken coop, perfect for housing a small flock of backyard hens. The open floor has lots of advantages, the main one being that your flock can graze directly on grass and veggies or scratch around in the soil. You can move the coop from spot to spot in your garden, and the chickens will scratch, till, and add fertilizer wherever they go. The one drawback to an open-floored coop is that a digging predator could, with some determination, tunnel its way into the enclosed part of the run. The animal was determined enough to chew and scratch at her coop so ferociously that he left traces of his own blood behind.
Chicken Coop Accessories
While we love our hens and think of them as part of the family, the truth is the rest of the animal kingdom views our fluffy butts as an easy meal or a toy to be played with. Without it, you might find chicken poop on your porch constantly, or a constant influx of predators trying to make a meal out of your pets. Chicken wire is made of thin, flexible, galvanized steel wire with hexagonal gaps. The price for different types varies depending on the brand and the desired wire sizes.