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How to Protect Your Chickens from Predators

by Cliff Co May 28, 2024 5 min read

OverEZ 16ft Chicken Run

Raising backyard chickens can be a rewarding endeavor, offering fresh eggs and the joy of caring for these delightful birds. However, waking up to dead chickens is something chicken keepers never want to experience.

Chickens face many dangers ranging from foxes and raccoons, to aerial threats like hawks and owls, so predator-proofing your chicken coop requires thoughtful strategies and robust defenses. Here’s how you can use OverEZ Chicken Coops plus some additional measures to keep your beloved chickens safe. Continue reading to see how the OverEZ Chicken Coops are truly predator-proof.

Common Chicken Predators

Everyone wants a piece of your well-raised chickens. To effectively protect them, it's crucial to know the common predators that pose a threat to your flock.

Different predators have different methods of attack, and understanding these can help you tailor your defense strategies to be as effective as possible. Here are some of the most common predators of backyard chickens:

  • Raccoons: Often underestimated, raccoons are clever and can manipulate simple locks and latches. They typically attack at night, reaching into coops with their dexterous paws to grab chickens or eggs.

  • Foxes: The fox is perhaps the most infamous chicken predators. They are cunning, can dig under fences, and often grab chickens and run away without leaving much disturbance behind.

  • Hawks and Owls: These aerial predators swoop down on hens during daylight hours (hawks) or at night (owls). They can be particularly dangerous in rural areas where there is ample open space for them to hunt.

  • Coyotes: Like foxes, these are skilled hunters that can jump over or dig under fences. They typically hunt during the twilight hours but can also be active during the day or night.

  • Dogs: Sometimes, the neighborhood dogs can be a threat to chickens. They might chase and kill chickens out of play rather than predatory instinct, but the result is just as devastating.

  • Snakes: Snakes primarily pose a threat to eggs and young chicks. Larger snakes can consume small or young birds, while smaller snakes might steal eggs from the nest.

  • Rodents: While not typically a direct physical threat to adult chickens, rodents like rats and mice can be attracted to your chicken feed, and their presence can attract other predators. They can also spread diseases to your flock.

  • Weasels and Members of the Weasel Family: These small but fierce predators can enter through very small gaps and are capable of killing chickens and consuming parts of them, often leaving a gruesome scene behind.

Choosing a Predator-Proof Chicken Coop

OverEZ Small Wire Chicken Coop Panels

The foundation of chicken safety starts with a robust, predator-proof chicken coop. OverEZ Chicken Coops can thwart even the most determined predators—our customers can't even remember the last time they woke up to a dead chicken! Here are some key features of OverEZ Chicken Coops that help keep your chickens safe:

  • Sturdy Materials: OverEZ uses high-quality, durable materials that resist damage from predators. This includes solid wooden panels that provide more security and durability than thinner, less robust materials.

  • Low-Gauge Wire: OverEZ Chicken Coop Wire Panels use 16 gauge hardware cloth, which is much stronger compared to traditional chicken wire. It can prevent smaller predators from reaching in, while bigger ones won't be strong enough to rip through.

  • Elevated Design: Many OverEZ Chicken Coops feature an elevated design which keeps the coop off the ground, reducing the risk of predator access and discouraging burrowing animals like foxes and coyotes.

  • Heavy-Duty Latches: OverEZ Chicken Coops come equipped with strong, heavy-duty latches that are more difficult for clever predators like raccoons to manipulate. These latches help ensure that doors remain securely closed.

  • Tight-Fitting Doors and Panels: OverEZ Coops are designed with tight fitting doors and panels that leave no gaps or loose areas through which small predators could enter. This extra detail adds so much in terms of security.

  • Optional Automatic Door: For added protection, especially during the vulnerable nighttime hours, some OverEZ coops can be equipped with an automatic door that opens at sunrise and closes at sunset, ensuring chickens are safely tucked away without relying on human timing.

These features make OverEZ a reliable choice for keeping your chickens safe from a variety of predators. By starting with a solid, well-designed coop, you lay the foundation for a secure environment where your chickens can thrive without the threat of predation.

Enhancing Security with an OverEZ Chicken Run

OverEZ Walk-In 8ft Chicken Run

To complement the security features of OverEZ Chicken Coops, incorporate an OverEZ Chicken Run. It can significantly enhance the protection of your entire flock while still giving them a safe place to roam.

The OverEZ Chicken Run is designed to integrate seamlessly with your coops, ensuring a uniform defense against predators—providing a safe space for your chickens to enjoy the benefits of free-range life without the risks. Here’s why adding an OverEZ Chicken Run is beneficial:

  • Fully Enclosed with Welded Wire Fencing: Enclose the top and sides of the run with welded wire fencing to prevent aerial predators and climbers from accessing the area.

  • Cover the Ground with Wire Mesh: For added security against burrowing animals, lay wire mesh under the soil of the chicken run. This extra layer makes it harder for predators to dig their way in.

  • Durable Construction: Just like their coops, OverEZ Chicken Runs are built with durability in mind. They use sturdy materials that can withstand the attempts of climbing predators and resist the wear and tear of daily use.

  • Customizable Layouts: OverEZ Chicken Runs come in various sizes and can be configured to fit your specific space and flock size needs. This flexibility allows you to maximize outdoor space safely and effectively.

  • Predator-Resistant Features: The runs are equipped with high-quality welded wire fencing, including a roof to prevent attacks from aerial predators. The option to add a wire mesh floor prevents burrowing predators from gaining access, offering an all-around secure environment.

  • Ease of Access and Maintenance: OverEZ Chicken Runs are designed with both chicken and keeper convenience in mind. Easy-access doors allow for hassle-free maintenance and interaction with your flock, while ensuring that these access points are secure against predator intrusion.

  • Integration with Coop Security: When combined with an OverEZ Chicken Coop, the run extends the secure living area, allowing chickens to move freely between the coop and the run under continuous protection. This integration ensures that your chickens can enjoy the sunlight and exercise during the day without compromising their safety.

Additional Measures to Deter Predators

While a well-built coop and run are essential, integrating additional deterrents can enhance your chickens' security:

  • Guardian Animals: Animals like dogs, especially breeds like the Great Pyrenees, are excellent flock guardians. Their presence can effectively deter many predators from approaching your coop.

  • Motion-Activated Lights or Sprinklers: These can startle and scare away nocturnal predators before they reach your chickens.

  • Routine Checks and Maintenance: Regularly inspect your coop and run for any signs of attempted entry or weak spots. Prompt repairs can prevent predators from exploiting small vulnerabilities.

  • Properly Store Feed: Store chicken feed in secure containers to avoid attracting rodents and other prey animals that can in turn attract larger predators.

  • Limit Free-Ranging: Limiting the times your chickens free range to periods when you can supervise them reduces risks from flying predators and those that are more active during specific times of the day.

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Protecting your chickens from predators involves a combination of sturdy, well-designed coops, vigilant security measures, and proactive predator deterrence strategies. OverEZ Chicken Coops provide a strong base for your chickens’ protection plan, offering features that help secure your chickens from a variety of threats.

By implementing these tips, you can create a safer environment for your flock, allowing them to thrive and produce in safety and comfort. Remember, the safety of your chickens enhances the enjoyment and success of your backyard farming efforts.

Cliff Co
Cliff Co

Cliff, a passionate storyteller and hardcore seller, here to share insights and knowledge on all things prep. He firmly believes in only selling things he'd use himself, making sure only the best get to his readers' hands.

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