The Alcatraz of Chicken Coops

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We have lost plenty of chickens to predators over the years.  Hawks, coyotes, foxes, possums, raccoons, stray dogs and snakes (along with who-knows-what else) have taken their toll. Free-ranging chickens have plenty of threats to worry about.

But other than one chick taken by a snake in daylight, we’ve never lost a chicken in the chicken house.

I like to think we have the Alcatraz of chicken houses.  Lacking the skill to build a coop myself, I just bought a storage building and added nesting boxes and roosting poles.  The building sits on blocks, so there is no way a predator could tunnel into it.  When the chickens go in at  night to roost, we shut the door, keeping them safe from any nocturnal predators.  We also have a woven-wire fence around the coop, with three strands of electric wire (although we haven’t energized them in a while).

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Whatever threat nocturnal predators may pose to other animals on the farm, the chickens are secure and safe.