As a new or experienced chicken owner, you may be anticipating the day you can relocate your flock to their new Roost & Root Coop! Whether your backyard is located in an urban area or in the tranquil countryside, your new feathery friends are certain to be well protected in their new predator safe coop! However, depending on your backyard space…you may be subject to attracting some unwanted attention from curious predators.
Where to Place Your Coop
Before you begin predator proofing your new coop, we highly encourage having your coop in the perfect location. Each of our coops weighs between 125 – 1,000 lbs once fully assembled, therefore choosing the perfect location is critical to prevent future relocation.
To ensure you choose the perfect spot, we recommend following these 3 recommendations when choosing where to place your coop:
1) High Ground is Dry Ground: Be sure to place your coop in an area that does not flood or is prone to runoff during harsh rains. Placing your coop on level solid ground that drains well is ideal! We also recommend dirt floors in the runs of coops so that chickens can dust bathe and so that decomposition of poop can occur utilizing natural microbes in the soil. Part sand part soil is great, and in almost all instances, the native dirt in your area will work great!
2) Water Access: Place your coop in an area with access to a water hose to easily refill your flock’s EZ-Fill Waterer.
3) Sunlight: Did you know that hens need about 16 hours of daylight, anything less than 12 can slow down and sometimes even stop egg production from your flock! Make sure your coop sits in a direction where it receives maximum sunlight during winter months. Make sure to view our other blog posts to learn how to properly protect your flock from freezing winters and high summer temperatures.
After you have located an ideal location for your coop, you can begin by preparing one of these predator protection methods before or after you have assembled your new coop. Regardless of which coop you may own, these optional predator proofing methods offer great protection that won’t take away from the beauty of your new coop.
Bury CMU/Cement Blocks around or under the perimeter of your coop. You may choose to bury these blocks completely from sight or allow them to be slightly exposed above ground. If you choose to have your cement blocks exposed slightly above ground level, make sure that you make it flush to the ground to prevent any issues when cleaning your coop’s run space and opening your coop’s door.
Bury mesh wire around the perimeter of your coop just underground and up under the edge of your coop. This simple and hidden alternative will allow for grass to grow through the wire making it an ideal alternative if you prefer to maintain a grassy area around your coop. You can place small stakes to hold the wire mesh close to the ground until the grass grows enough to hold the wire. We suggest extending the wire mesh to be at least a foot or more wide around the perimeter of your coop.
To further ensure that predators are not being attracted to your coop, always make sure to lock your coop at night and collect your hen’s eggs frequently. We hope these helpful tips help you as you begin your backyard farming journey!
Need more help or explanation on how to predator proof your coop? Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’re real people and enjoy helping our coop owners before and after every purchase.