Discover the 3 most important issues owners will deal with when chicken raising. And learn some thoughts on how you can handle the “Big 3″.
Chicken growers often talk about the pains of raising their chickens. But is it really THAT important for you, if you have a small, backyard flock, to pay attention to other chicken owner’s problems?
Well… there are times when, in order to succeed, we need to learn how not to fail. And when it comes to chicken raising, learning from others who have gone before us can be a huge help in dealing with our own flock’s troubles. Plus being prepared for disasters, which can happen at any time, will improve your overall chicken raising skills.
1. Protecting their flock against chicken predators is the #1 biggest challenge with keeping your chickens safe.
It is not easy! And there are LOTS of animals out there who want to take the opportunity to eat your chickens. Raccoons, bears, snakes, hawks, coyotes, neighborhood dogs, skunks, and at times even other people might decide to take an opportunity to hurt your brood. Your number one defense against predation, is to be on your guard and ready all the time. Sometimes you can keep other protective animals with your chickens, around them and in their pens. Animals like pygmy goats, geese, guard dogs, or donkeys can sometimes be effective in helping ward off some predators.
Of course building a Sherman-tank strength coop will help as well, but even at that you are going to have constant sneak-attacks and attempts for your chicken’s lives. So any time you hear commotion out of your flock, you are still going to have to check on them and make sure everything is okay.
You might also want to try some other protective strategies like… small gauge chicken wire, electric fences, and maybe ultrasonic noise deterrents.
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