Chickens and Wildlife

Homeowners often get frustrated when they learn that wildlife damaged their home gardens. After all, we know that wild animals need to eat too; but why does it always have to be from our gardens and not the neighbors? However, wildlife cause more harm than just plants. In fact, some wildlife are known to attack domestic pets including small dogs, cats and chickens.

Take coyotes for example, they are just one of the many types of wildlife that are known to attack cats and companion chickens. While backyard chickens are a desirable pet by many, others would rather see them gone. Some wild animals that want chickens for meals include:

  • Hawks
  • Weasels
  • Foxes
  • Raccoons
  • Coyotes
  • Feral cats
  • Bobcats

To protect chickens from wildlife and neighborhood cats, a 6 foot high chicken fence is recommended - but not just any fence will do. One that is plastic coated metal will work best to deter wildlife. Metal fence that includes 1" x 1" mesh dimensions will make it difficult for wild animals to cut through mesh holes. Choosing this type of fence will lead to a reduction of wildlife on yards; thus protecting flock members. For those dealing with aerial attacks from birds, a garden enclosure with a top may be an appropriate course of action.

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