by Texas Homesteader ~
Last year RancherMan & I decided that housing our free-range hens in the coop of our 1880’s barn just wasn’t protecting them. Oh they were safe in the coop overnight, but when we let them out to free range each morning, predators were taking the entire flock time & time again. We needed a modified free-range setup.
So we decided we’d amend our garden to include the chickens. But our fenced garden offered some layout challenges.
I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News, come see how we were able to successfully incorporate the chickens into our garden area. We have been able to protect the chickens from predators as well as the garden from the chickens.
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Glad you found a solution to keep the chickens safe from predators!
It’s worked so well for us Keri. We’ll be picking up our hens for this spring any day now & their coop is ready & waiting. ~TxH~
Read the article on Mother Earth, but wanted to comment directly on your blog…
We had a flock massacre (lost about 30 of our birds) in 2015 when we were free ranging. I wish I would have had this post before that happened. Great ideas & detail here! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!
Oh no, Jessica! How heartbreaking! So far using this method we’ve not lost another hen, although I realize with any freeranging at all that risk remains. Fingers crossed! ~TxH~