Chicken Predator Prevention

At earlier this month we had evidence that something was trying to dig into the chicken run. It even bit through the wire in two places. As a temporary measure we put bricks and cinder blocks around the chicken wire.

We borrowed a friend’s trail camera and set it up for a few nights and found that our most likely predator was this fox.

So we bought hardware cloth and today Matt reinforced the bottom of the chicken run with it. First he dug down about 6 inches around the outside. Thankfully the chicken wire had been buried when the run was originally built.

Then he laid out the cloth and attached it with wire to the chicken wire that is already there.

As he worked, he stirred up plenty of insects and the chickens were happy to see them come into the run for them to eat.

Then he buried the hardware cloth.

Here it is finished. We haven’t seen any evidence of the fox in the past week or two besides the late night photo. However, this should prevent it from chewing through into the chicken run.

Here are the latest photos of the chickens at 10 weeks old. They come running when we walk by because they know we’ll bring treats like bolting lettuce, or weeds and insects pulled from the garden for them to eat.

Parsley (Black Star)

Sage (Buff Orpington)

Rosemary (Araucana)

Thyme (Silver-Laced Wyandotte)

Maybe in another 10 weeks one of them will start laying eggs!

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6 Responses to Chicken Predator Prevention

  1. Daphne says:

    I hope your solution keeps the fox out. It would be sad to raise them all and then lose them.

  2. Robin says:

    I agree with Daphne. I really hope that this works. It would be heart breaking to loose any of your chickens.

    • Emily says:

      I think if a fox got into the run at night, it still couldn’t get into the coop where they sleep. However, I’m not sure how the chickens would feel about the space after a fox had been in there, and we want to keep them as safe as possible.

  3. Marcia says:

    Wow! So it was a fox! I think that remedy will take care of any more attempts to gain entry to the run. There’s no chance it will get into the hen house with the latch too. The chickens have grown since I was there. Did you go pick strawberries today, too?

  4. Carol says:

    Something has been digging around the outside of our coop/pen, too. So Ron has set up a live trap – and we’re going to borrow Joey’s wildlife camera to find out what it is. We know we have raccoons and possums around here. But we’ve seen bobcats, too.

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