Keep Your Chickens Safe from Predators
Where there are chickens, there are predators. Be aware of potential predators where you live and be proactive so your chickens aren’t attacked. The following table offers ways to keep your chickens safe from each common predator.
|Domestic dogs||Build a fence around the perimeter of your chicken coop and
|Raccoons||Use clip latches with spring-loaded locking mechanisms on
chicken doors or place padlocks on chicken doors.
Place quarter-inch wire hardware cloth over chicken coop windows;
Construct a fence around all sides of your outside pen. Make the
|Coyotes||Use a coyote roller bar secured to a perimeter fence.
Create a well-secured chicken coop and an outside pen that is
|Foxes||Lock up chickens safely at night.
Construct a fence of half-inch wire hardware cloth around the
Refrain from keeping free-ranging chickens if you suspect you have
|Birds of prey||Avoid keeping pure-white chicken breeds.
Provide a layered garden structure to limit visibility.
Add screen tops to a secure outside pen.
|Minks and weasels||Make sure your chicken coop and secure outside pen do not have
holes or gaps that minks and weasels can squeeze through.
Trap and relocate them to a wildlife habitat.
Hire a professional to trap them, or call the state wildlife agency
|Snakes||Close up holes in and around the chicken coop area.|