Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop

Listen in as Nutrena Poultry Specialist Twain Lockhart talks about predator proofing your coop.

Please leave questions and comments below.

 

7 thoughts on “Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop

  1. We have a new flock of chickens that want to roost in the trees at night. We can’t get them into the coop. They are in an area that is fenced in by a 6 foot fence. We know eventually something will get them. We have even clipped their wings but they are still getting into the trees. Any suggestions? We are desperate. Every morning we breathe a sigh of relief when they are all there.

    • If at all possible, lure them into the coop just before dusk with some treats like scratch, then lock them in. This will force them to use their proper roosts. After a week or two of doing this, hopefully the habit will be formed that this is where they need to spend the night and they’ll do it on their own. Thanks for the question – good luck!

    • Mary Lou,
      Hardware cloth with the smallest squares you can find is a good option to prevent snakes. Make sure you plug ALL those cracks!

  2. Hardware cloth is much stronger than chicken wire, and won’t rust out as quickly. Chicken wire was meant more to keep the chickens in than to keep predators out. Also rats can dig down 18 inches and can come up and get through that chicken wire. The not only can chew through it, but can actually squeeze through the holes in it. A heavy grade, 1/2 inch hardware cloth would
    keep them out so much better than the chicken wire. Raccoons can also tear right through that. It’s really worth the small amount more that it would cost to do it right.

  3. Hardware cloth is much stronger than chicken wire, and won’t rust out as quickly. Chicken wire was meant more to keep the chickens in than to keep predators out. Also rats can dig down 18 inches and can come up and get through that chicken wire. They not only can chew through it, but can actually squeeze through the holes in it. Rats will kill the chickens. A heavy grade, 1/2 inch hardware cloth would
    keep them out so much better than the chicken wire. Raccoons can also tear right through that. It’s really worth the small amount more that it would cost to do it right.

Comments are closed.