These Chicken Predator Control Tips for Safe Chickens will make all the difference in keeping your chickens for deadly predator attacks.
Chickens can run quite fast but they are not able to protect themselves therefore they need us.
Homesteaders love to watch their chickens free range throughout their backyard because they are just so adorable and pure comdey to watch.
At the same time, this also means your chicken flock can go into places like the garden where they will literally devour everything in their path. Homesteaders need to be concerned about the chicken predators – raccoons, skunks, foxes, opossums, owls and chicken hawks – that are unfortunately very common in the country.
Here are some solutions that have been created to ward off predators that are eyeballing chickens for their meals:
1. Get a “Guardian Animal” watch over Livestock Animals – Some dog breeds will make a good guardian for the livestock. These are the Australian Shepherd, Great Pyrenees, Anatolian and Akbash. When using dogs as your livestock guardian, start training them while they are very young. It may take a lot of effort and time but it does pay off in the long run. Bonus – Goats, donkeys and llamas will also make good guardians. Geese, guineas and ducks can also alert you of potential danger so they are also great options.
2. Set up a Predator-Free Zone – We put up a secure area where chickens can still enjoy outdoor time. We use cattle panels and lined them with hardware cloth. We made sure the latches are also carefully installed.
3. Out of the Box Solutions – One easy solution we found out is by using electric fencing. We also used a motion detecting light set up to scare predators away during night-time. Lastly, we set up a simple radio tuned into a talk radio station all the time. The voices help scare away predators – a genius and convenient solution, isn’t it?
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