One of the most critical aspects housing chickens is to build a chicken enclosure properly. If you’re not taking steps to protect your poultry house from predators, there will come a time when one may just wipe out your entire coop.
Many chicken farmers figure they are safe from this but they assume too quickly. Next thing they know they are suffering an attack and are really paying the price for not taking the time to build properly.
Build At The Right Height
The first thing you must make sure you’re doing is building at the right height. Remember that there are a number of larger predators out there that can easily climb over a shorter fence, so if you live in an area that these are found in, you need to go taller.
Go taller than you ever think you’d need too just to be safe. You have no idea how vicious some of these predators can be until they are right there attacking your chickens.
Use Strong Enough Materials
Second to the height issue, also make sure you’re using strong enough materials. If you aren’t, expect that to also cause problems. Many predators weigh a considerable amount so often all it will take is them coming at it with a decent speed to knock it over.
In many cases, a solid wooden fence will be your best option.
Build Deep Enough
When you build, pay attention that you’re also going deep enough. While some animals primarily will try and climb the fence, others will choose to dig underneath.
You must protect against this as well so be sure go least a foot into the ground if possible. This will make a big difference over time in how well you stay protected.
Get A Secure Door Closure
Finally, make sure you’re using a secure door closure. You would be shocked at the number of chicken farmers who put a great deal of time and effort into the process, but then put on an unsecured latch.
You will be going in and out through this door on a regular basis and that constant motion can eventually cause it to become lose, making it an easy ‘in’ for any predators.
You may even consider getting a lock for the latch if you’re really worried about predators, but this will be a unique and individual decision based on the area that you’re living in.
So, keep all of these points in mind as you build a chicken enclosure. This is one part of the process that you must not leave out – the health and life of your chickens depends on it.