Although annoyed, she doesn’t look much like a chicken predator, does she? This sweet baby, a rescued Siberian Husky who was used to catching her own dinner, is our biggest chicken predator. Keeping her from snatching chickens either for her amusement or her snack is a challenge.
As a first-time chicken owner…
and one on a budget, I didn’t have money for elaborate fences.
When we built our chicken tractor, we made sure it was secure, and then further, we placed it in a fenced in garden area. I was thinking security and sustainability. If any chicken predators like coyotes in our area ventured through one layer, there would be another border.
Further, we have kept an infrared bulb over night to prevent any nocturnal predators from hunting our birds. Honestly, they haven’t been our problem. In fact, the predators have not been wild, but only our dog.
This is the hole she worked hard to dig and then became the connoisseur of wiggling under fences. You would not think she could get under this fence, given her size (75 pounds), but she did so one evening right after the sun set. She helped herself to two chickens, going through not only the fence, but pushing out the wire on the coop as well. I was really surprised.
She was part of the reason why we lost our first chicken endeavor, which never really got off the ground, conspiring with our other dog, who has not ventured into the fence at all this time. But, I did not believe that she would go to that length to actually catch and eat a chicken.
So, we did something we don’t usually do, we put the husky on a dog line while we figured out how to keep her out.
We used an electric fence around the coop area
This has helped, but still she tries. Honestly, I am not sure the investment really helped. But, if you are thinking about this, this is what the set up looked like. The wire and the connectors aren’t that expensive, but the electric box is pricey and I think we paid about $100 for it. But, if you want to keep out a chicken predator, then it may be worth the investment.
So, we made a few tweeks and adjustments. We watch her carefully, but we will keep her on the line in the evening and at dark, especially. Over time, we will probably re-fence the area with wire…buried in the ground.
We learned how strong the hunting instinct was, because she will literally stalk the area if she does not see us around. Needless to say, we are not quite trusting of her drive to kill another chicken, so the dog line is our safety net.
Until next time!