Chicken predators are not just a concern for those living on acres in the county. If you have backyard chickens on your urban or suburban homestead then you need to be aware of your chicken predators too!
These are not listed in order of threat – all of the same basic threat potential, depending your your area, your fencing, your coops, etc. Furthermore this isn’t a discussion about us overtaking natural areas for these animals; yes it happens, yes it is sad but that is a discussion for another day. Right now I want you to be aware of the present potential dangers, how to identify them and prevent them.
TOP CHICKEN PREDATORS – DOGS
Top Chicken Predators for Backyard and Urban Homesteaders.
See my little chihuahua – he loved to antagonize my hens. This early coop had so many issues! That wire alone offered little protection from smaller chicken predators.
Neighborhood dogs can be chicken predators and pose a real threat to your flock. But even more…your own pooch. If you aren’t sure how your dog is going to react to your chickens (yes even little toy breeds), you need to put up a barrier between the two for awhile.