Chickens and Predators, the Battleground

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We all know about the danger of predators and keeping chickens. But sometimes our busy lives get in the way, and we tend to put off mending that fence or coop door latch until tomorrow. After all, none of us think we’ll ever tell the story of our own chicken yard slaughter.

The ugly horror of a vicious attack by a predator is an unpleasant thought indeed, but a necessary one. We learn to be better chicken keepers through mistakes. Experience is acquired through trial and error, but don’t underestimate the importance of awareness.

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Author: amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

amy elizabeth is a Backyard Chicken-Keeping Advocate & Consultant, Vintage Collector, & Author.

9 thoughts on “Chickens and Predators, the Battleground”

  1. Thanks for sharing my story. Just got to pick yourself up and get back in the coop. I actually had a close encounter with the likely predator earlier this week. Will be posting about that soon.

  2. These things are sent to test us… I lost 20 chickens one night on the farm,,, all just killed not eaten,, lots of heads off, and to this day I have know idea what did it, how it got in or out as there was not a sign left behind…

  3. Very sad. We lost one of our first pullets the second night they slept outside, due to ventilation holes in the coop that were too big. We think a raccoon reached in and pulled her little head off. There were also signs of something trying to dig under the coop (we have a little ark coop), so we definitely learned our lesson and built a screen for under the coop, as well as stapling small gauge chicken wire over the ventilation holes. We were lucky that our other 2 pullets escaped, but we still miss our little golden girl.

    1. Oh my, sounds like a horrible experience. Sorry. I learned my lesson too… predators are not only on the ground, we have to remember to look UP!

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