Keeping Chicken Safe From Predators – How To Set Up A Safe And Secure Chicken Run

11249152_10100361429185118_5187180756282608667_nHome Sweet Home

The past few weeks has been a blur pf packing and unpacking and we’re not even close to settled in yet. But that hasn’t stopped me from doing some major chicken coop shopping.

Matt thinks we should keep any chickens in a run to keep them safe from predators, but we have two huge enclosures already set up, so I think our future chickens should be able to free range as much as they want during the day.

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From what I read, one of the ways to keep free range chickens safe, is to have a rooster in your flock. But being as we’re so new to the neighborhood, I think keeping a rooster right away might be pushing it.

So, my initial plan was to use some sort of baseball netting to cover the enclosure, so we wouldn’t have to worry about hawk attacks. However, I do think, at least for now, that there’s probably enough bushes and tree cover to sufficiently protect the chickens from hawks.

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Being that I’m so lazy, I’m hoping the chickens will clear most of the weeds in the enclosure,so I don’t have to do it. Once that happens though, we might need to make sure they have some overhead protections, like the baseball netting.

Other than hawks, my main concern is that we have is a large number of feral cats that like to hang out in our backyard. Because of this, I’m considering making sure the enclosure is covered in Hardware Cloth that’s more likely to keep predators out. Since cat’s are sneaky, it won’t be able to keep them out, but it might make it a big enough hassle for the cats to deter them. Also, it’s probably better to get larger chickens that small cats are less likely to attack, which means no more Bantams.

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2 thoughts on “Keeping Chicken Safe From Predators – How To Set Up A Safe And Secure Chicken Run

  1. Hi Rashida….In the South, where I live, chickens do need to be protected from above & below as well. I can’t tell from your picture how high or how wide your fence openings are but inexpensive chicken wire over the top of your enclosure, & possibly along the bottom edge of your fence would deter most predators. Chicken wire comes with different size openings & different widths, so smaller holes (openings) & 1–1 1/2 ft widths fastened at ground level would solve your problem – keeping the cats out & enabling you to have smaller chickens & baby chicks too. I think you may have to cut back some of those weeds though; but if snakes are a problem there, cut it all down completely or to a reasonable level. Hope this helps…..

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    1. Thanks for the tips! I don’t think snakes are too big of a concern in our area, but Matt did a wonderful job over the weekend cutting back on a lot of the weeds to make room for a coop and for the chickens to forage.

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