Taking steps to protect chickens from predators should be on every chicken owner’s mind. What are the important steps to take to guard the chickens? Raccoon, fox, hawks, bears, bobcats and the neighborhood dog, are all capable of wiping out a flock. All carnivorous and omnivorous creatures would be happy to find a chicken waiting to be dinner. I see a huge uptick in predator activity in the fall as the wildlife starts to get ready for a long cold winter. Spring also sees a lot of activity as new kits are being born. Learning how to protect chickens from hawks and other predators throughout the year, is an ongoing process. Just when you think you have covered all the bases, a wily coyote may sneak in the coop and help herself to a free meal. Taking precautions is what we do to keep our chickens from becoming sitting ducks.
- Janet Garman
Janet and family work the family homestead in Maryland. They raise seasonal vegetables, beef cows, sheep and goats for fiber, pigs, ducks, chickens, and rabbits. Her commitment through her blog, is to be an encourager to the new homesteader, no matter how big a piece of ground they live on. Living sustainably in God's creation is her passion and she welcomes your virtual visit to her site.
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