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Predator proof your coop. We did fine for nearly 10 years, but since the second week in January we`ve lost 14 hens as of last week.
Understood. Being as close to the marsh as we are, coons will be my #1 Predator. I plan to lay blocks along the foundation, coop will sit on top and then bury fencing a couple feet around the perimeter. That should at least give me a fighting chance.

The exact coop I知 looking to have built (with a few modifications) is the 4th in this CL link:

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Understood. Being as close to the marsh as we are, coons will be my #1 Predator. I plan to lay blocks along the foundation, coop will sit on top and then bury fencing a couple feet around the perimeter. That should at least give me a fighting chance.

The exact coop I知 looking to have built (with a few modifications) is the 4th in this CL link:

https://macon.craigslist.org/grd/d/c...479885679.html


A mighty smart man on predators told me that about 17 inches out from the fence is as far as a predator will dig to try to get under it. It works too, so no need to go much further out than that with your buried fencing.
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How does the fence hold a charge after dark, without a battery?
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I would use Cackle Hatchery if I ordered online. We are pretty much raising our own now. I have 2 of the 10x10 dog pens which makes it a 10x30 together. I put 18 inch chicken wire around the bottom. When nothing is growing in the garden we let them free range. I did buy 3 of the tops with a tarp for the pens which has lasted far longer than I expected at 5 years and still look good. Definately better than the tarps at most stores. I made some nest out of OSB and some are 6 gallon buckets. I can't remember but want to say there is a 15 chick minimum on mail order birds. Here's 7 of 12 that I have. Also have 2 roosters(father and son) that hate each other.
I値l take a look at Cackle. I ran the prices for 6 birds from McMurray last night and it was $350 after shipping!!!

I may be trying to find some locally.
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I値l take a look at Cackle. I ran the prices for 6 birds from McMurray last night and it was $350 after shipping!!!

I may be trying to find some locally.


My Lady ordered her last ones from here. They have very good service.

http://www.chickensforbackyards.com/
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Predator proof your coop. We did fine for nearly 10 years, but since the second week in January we`ve lost 14 hens as of last week.
We've got predators,,,, but we also have a door on our coop,,,, nothing gonna get in there,,,, it's just been so cold they've stopped laying,,,, tried the light thing,,,, no luck,,,, it's the temps up here,,,, come spring,,,, back to around 8 to 10 per day,,,, 12 birds,,,,

Would also like to say,,,, make sure that you wash the eggs and your hands after handling them,,,, our birds lay the biggest eggs,,,, and good,,,,
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I値l take a look at Cackle. I ran the prices for 6 birds from McMurray last night and it was $350 after shipping!!!

I may be trying to find some locally.
350 dollars,,,, Wow,,,,
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The main predator around here are the Eagles,,,, but our farm dog is on the lookout and keeps them away,,,,
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The main predator around here are the Eagles,,,, but our farm dog is on the lookout and keeps them away,,,,
I know one, possibly two of ours that were killed and beheaded by a male great horned owl. The rest were taken by the red foxes. I really think the gray foxes were "collateral" damage.

But, come to a predator call out by The Lady`s chicken pen right now and you`ll collect a 22 longrifle solid in the head.
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Cackle is about 62.00 shipped for 6 chicks and 71.00 for 15
That's hen pricing.

That was for common brown egg layers.
You should get a free chick on the 6 order and 2 on the 15 order.
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Cackle is about 62.00 shipped for 6 chicks and 71.00 for 15
That's hen pricing.

That was for common brown egg layers.
You should get a free chick on the 6 order and 2 on the 15 order.
They池e started pullets are $100 each
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Another option to making the coop predator proof is to put it on an empty concrete slab in my yard. Just not sure that’s the greatest idea, especially in the SEGA heat.
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Keep them on grower feed until they lay their 1st egg. This will help with coccidiosis. Also, put vinegar in the water about once a month for worms. And, don't deny your boy for wanting to farm. He will learn some valuable lessons. Eggs are cheap but you'll get several dozen eggs from a bag of feed plus fertilizer.
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Look in the paper in your area
Classifieds under farm animals.
Flea market
Look on pin up boards at feed supply house. Ask there also.
Tractor supply sells them chicks every spring.
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Looking at a coop similar to this one. Nesting box is too high, thoughts otherwise? Also it痴 built to order so if you were going to design the coop, how would you lay it out?
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I know one, possibly two of ours that were killed and beheaded by a male great horned owl. The rest were taken by the red foxes. I really think the gray foxes were "collateral" damage.

But, come to a predator call out by The Lady`s chicken pen right now and you`ll collect a 22 longrifle solid in the head.
Have only seen a few red fox around here,,,, lots of yotes though,,,, it's amazing how our dog knows when the Eagles are around,,,,
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Have only seen a few red fox around here,,,, lots of yotes though,,,, it's amazing how our dog knows when the Eagles are around,,,,


Red foxes don`t fare well around other canine predators much. They get caught and killed by coyotes, wolves, and Bartram`s wolves. Gray foxes can climb like a squirrel so they have a chance to escape.
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A big house cat will kill them, too.
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I値l take a look at Cackle. I ran the prices for 6 birds from McMurray last night and it was $350 after shipping!!!

I may be trying to find some locally.
Tractor Supply will have chicks starting very soon and they are at a economical price.
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Tractor Supply will have chicks starting very soon and they are at a economical price.
Already available here at Family Farm,,,, have gotten ours there and never had a problem,,,, never got any at TSC,,,,
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Ive got a 5x10 dog kennel. Tin laid across top to keep em dry. A couple 2x2,s stuck across the fencing panels for roosts and 2 nesting boxes nailed to a post. Works fine and simple
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Ive got a 5x10 dog kennel. Tin laid across top to keep em dry. A couple 2x2,s stuck across the fencing panels for roosts and 2 nesting boxes nailed to a post. Works fine and simple
How many chickens though?
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I did chickens for 5 years. You can read my posts about it on here. I'm glad the last one was carried off into the night never to be seen again.

All of mine had names therefore they were off limits to eat. I would have and I would have rotated them out. They stopped laying after about 4 years. The feed was cheap I only supplementally fed them since they were free range. They were all very healthy.

With that said, they pooped all over the drive way under my deck and you couldn't keep mulch in the flower beds. I would mow and fix the mulch and the chickens would be right behind kicking it out.

I'm looking forward to not pressure washing my deck, sidewalk and driveway this summer.

I would get and keep more if it was under my terms. I disagreed with naming them and not eating them. They're worthless to me otherwise. I started with 14, 1 rooster who was quickly dispatched after he attacked me.
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