I mentioned it in my previous post, chicken coop plans, that it is vitally important that you consider the safety of your hens when building your chicken coop or even when deciding on your chicken coop design. Even if you don’t think you will get foxes or coyotes prowling your yard, when you add poultry to the environment this could very well change. Yes, even in a residential area! You don’t have to take my word for it though. Last week, A family’s hens were attacked by a wild coyote as reported in Chicken thief – SGVTribune.com


A spirited chicken that frequently escaped from its coop and ravaged the family tomato garden fell victim to a hungry coyote Monday morning.


Andre Taylor awoke her daughters looking for a camera after she spotted the coyote, which resembled a small collie, in her North Toland Avenue yard around 6 a.m.


“I thought it was just a weird-looking dog,” said Mikaella Taylor, 1



coyote Chicken Coop Plans for Safe Hens
Photo courtesy of Andre Taylor

So you really need a chicken coop that houses your hens securely so they cannot get out and so that wild animals cannot get in. The story continues


“There has been an increase in the number of coyote reports that have come in,” Pellman said. “Fortunately, we don’t have any reports of attacks on people.


There are many measures that pet owners and residents can take to protect their families and pets.


Among them is to install chicken wire around farm animals, build tall fences around yards and properties, keep pets and pet food indoors, and keep garbage cans in enclosed areas, according to the county’s Department of Animal Control.


So as you can see, the introduction of chickens into your home backyard can attract unwelcome visitors so please make sure when you choose your chicken coop plans that they will keep your chickens in and the prowlers out



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  • arrin

    we live in the woods, we have all kinds of animals the dig underground, how can i build a coop, or outside run for them to b safe???

  • Oliver

    Most Animals cant dig straight down and are not smart enough to start a hole farther away. I have the same problem around my house but i buired the fencing about 6 inches to a foot and nothing has got in my coop yet

  • Trev

    I agree. I buried mine about 8 inches just to be sure and have had no intruders enter. I’ve seen foxes sniffing around but none have got in.