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    Where I live ,North Granby,Ct. I let my chickens free range . But lately I'm changing my thinking. We have fox,hawks, weasels
    and coyotes and I lose a lot. They have a huge run and I'm going to keep them in that but damn that open field, woods
    ect. looks good to them and I give in. I need some counseling.
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    I've been considering electric netting from Premier Supplies. I have the charger. The netting is movable. It would be a good solution, but the netting is too expensive for me ATM.
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    Liz I have considered the PM netting but I'm just not sure how effective it is.
    You would need some kind of netting over the top for the haws and I see that as a real pita
    In trying to move it.
    They are a first class Co. and I talked to a rep. and he said they swore by it.
    Maybe this spring,right Now we have about a foot of snow on the ground and some more to come.
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    I kept goats confined with it. If it will keep goats in it will keep critters out. You're right about the hawks, though. Covering it would be a real pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LizStreithorst View Post
    Mine are actually Light Brahmas. I looked up the Colombian Wyndottes and they look identical. The only difference I can see is that the Brahmas have feathers on their legs.
    Oh, I didnít notice the leg feathers. Nice looking breed. I had no idea they existed.

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    I hear ya Jay, I’m frequently tempted to let them out. They rush to the door of the run every time I put the feed in and I do feel bad about cooping them up. Better mad than dead I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaWoman View Post
    I hear ya Jay, Iím frequently tempted to let them out. They rush to the door of the run every time I put the feed in and I do feel bad about cooping them up. Better mad than dead I suppose.
    You know Amy you are probably right."better mad then dead" They do have a big run,24 by24 but the problem is it goes from a grassy field to dirt in about 3 weeks. When I open the door they all try to rush out and I have to keep shoving them in while trying to get
    the door closed. Sometimes I say the hell with it and just let them go.
    Looking into buying the electric fence so I can move it around in the field or woods,Ect but I still have to solve the problem of the hawks.
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    I'm afraid that I picked up Sweetie and brought her inside. I simply couldn't do otherwise. Every time I see her she's running from the roosters. I have to think of a better idea. I don't want a hen living in the house unless I can train to use a litter box. That is doubful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LizStreithorst View Post
    I'm afraid that I picked up Sweetie and brought her inside. I simply couldn't do otherwise. Every time I see her she's running from the roosters. I have to think of a better idea. I don't want a hen living in the house unless I can train to use a litter box. That is doubful.
    How about those little quilted “saddles” I’ve seen people use? They protect the Hen from the worst of the Rooster’s advances and maybe he would find her less appealing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brady View Post
    You know Amy you are probably right."better mad then dead" They do have a big run,24 by24 but the problem is it goes from a grassy field to dirt in about 3 weeks. When I open the door they all try to rush out and I have to keep shoving them in while trying to get
    the door closed. Sometimes I say the hell with it and just let them go.
    Looking into buying the electric fence so I can move it around in the field or woods,Ect but I still have to solve the problem of the hawks.
    Jay
    I had to chuckle with your description of trying to get through the door. This is me every time. It’s comical how I can contort myself while carrying water/ feed buckets while trying to keep Hens from escaping. Soon enough, I too will just say “Go!”
    Once that fresh Spring grass starts poking through the snow there will be no stopping them I’m sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaWoman View Post
    How about those little quilted “saddles” I’ve seen people use? They protect the Hen from the worst of the Rooster’s advances and maybe he would find her less appealing?
    I'd thought of that. I believe I'll buy some. Surely a chicken saddle can't be very costly.
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    I used chicken wire galvinzed after welding for sides & top. turkey wire is the best but costs.

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