The Predators Are Still Winning

I am still not successful in providing a safe place to live for my flock.  They are in an area with a lot of cover but I am still seeing losses, mainly around the edges.  There are at least 3 owls and a hawk in the area.  I am loosing at a much lower rate, I don’t know if the birds are getting smarter, & faster or the cover I’m proving is the solution or just the dumb slow ones have been culled.

I have put up some overhead netting in the open area and am in the processing of moving the fence in as close as I can to the brushy cover.  Creating a semi-permanent run area is not part of my plan for keeping chickens but it looks like I don’t have much of a choice.  I’ve probably lost close to 50 birds in the last 6 months, selling eggs isn’t going to show a profit this year.

I suspect I’m going to have to create several permanent runs with something overhead to protect the flock.  Then I could rotate them through these runs.  Not as good as the movable electro-net fencing I had such success with last year.  Oh well, live and learn.

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  • Cathy Bies

    It looks like the predators have found a food source and will continue to come when the snow comes. Having permanent runs nearer the house where there is activity might help. Sorry your flock has been depleted. Say hi to Jacob for me.