A Good Solution for Pastured Poultry Predators


Stop Dogs, Raccoons, Coyotes, and More

So, the verdict is in, and pastured poultry is the preferred method for raising healthy chickens… and eggs. So if you can pasture your chickens, you should! Your chickens (and your pasture) will probably thank you for it.

One thing that stops many people from unlocking the coop or run is the threat of predators. It can be intimidating to release your chickens from their little fortress if you’ve never let them roam before.

Dogs, raccoons, coyotes – there are chicken predators everywhere! I’ve heard many people say, “just get dogs.” Livestock guardian dogs are a great choice for some – but they’re not an option for many people.

This electric poultry netting is Marjory’s favorite fix for a flock without guardians. It only takes one person to move it around, and you can run it on solar power – simple and effective. In this video, Marjory chats with Joe Putnam from Premier 1 about how the netting works and some of the options:

Win a Free Roll of Electric Poultry Netting

There’s obviously a big demand for chicken protection, based on the discussion we had about raccoons last summer here at the [Grow] Network. If you recall, people from all over the U.S. (and all over the world) chimed in with their favorite solutions for raccoons. If you missed it, you can find an overview of the whole thing here: A Whole Litter of Raccoon Solutions.

Electrifying the perimeter was a popular solution that people talked about. Premier 1 lets you do it at an affordable cost. You can electrify a small perimeter and move it around within a bigger field or pasture. So it’s a nice option for people who don’t want to protect the entire property.

Premier 1 is a sponsor for our upcoming Home Grown Food Summit. And one lucky customer is going to get a complimentary roll of Premier 1 poultry netting to try out in their own yard or pasture.

Read More: Is this really the best way to raise a small flock of chickens?


You can learn more about Premier 1’s product line here: Premier 1 Electric Fencing

Michael Ford

Michael has been the resident editor at The [Grow] Network since January 2015. Michael grew up in St. Louis, where he became a lover of nature - hiking and fishing his way through the Ozark hills in Missouri. He attended Baylor University in Waco, TX, and he currently lives in Austin. Michael has background experience in small-scale farming, commercial growing, vegetable gardening, landscaping, marketing, and software development. He received his Permaculture Design Certification from the Austin Permaculture Guild in 2013.
 

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9 Comments on A Good Solution for Pastured Poultry Predators

    • Mel G

      If there’s no natural cover in the area you enclose, make sure you provide some. A sheet of plywood held a foot or so off the ground by a simple frame should be good enough.

       
  1. Kathie

    Again, no mention of raptors. My husband was actually driving by our n door neighbors house when a raptor, I won’t describe what it did. and then came back the next day. A fence???

     
  2. Etta

    I haven’t lost a chicken to a predator since I got my guardian dog. At first she played a couple of chickens to death but now that she is a little older she has been great.

     
  3. SLM

    Saw where a neighbor had a quite large “pen” of chicken wire ( sides AND top) with about 6 maybe more chickens in it. What was REALLY neat about it was it was on wheels! Two decent sized wheels at the “back” so all he had to do was pick up the front a little and move the whole flock to a new patch for them to eat. There was a small, maybe 2 to 3 inches at the bottom for clearance. Seemed to work well and kept the hawks from having all their meals in one place. I think this would be better AND cheaper and MOBILE.

     
    • Nellie

      We have had problems with hawks too. A friend has run strands of fishing line back and forth from the barn to surrounding tree limbs about 15-20 feet off the ground above the outdoor run area for her hens. She has had no trouble from hawks since. The strands catch the glint of the light just enough to throw off the confidence of the hawks and prevent attempts at her hens.