I want to talk about our first real failure as farmers. We started out with 24 chickens in April, and guess how many we have now, at the end of November?? As you might guess from the title, yes, it’s only 12. I expected to lose some due to the free-ranging nature of our chickens, and the larger quantity, but not half of our flock in 6 months! We had 12 chickens that lived in our fenced, neighborhood, backyard in Colorado and we only lost 2. So, to lose so many chickens was definitely a shock. We lost them due to predators, most likely coyotes, our dog, and disease.
We obviously need to come up with a solution to better protect our chickens. Right now, our chickens have a coop with a run and a 1,200 sqft area to roam. The 1,200 sqft area is surrounded by plastic poultry netting that is 4 ft tall and secured to posts by zip ties every 4 ft. We’ve had numerous times that a predator has busted through the fencing and we’ve had to repair with more zip ties. The chickens also like to jump over the netting, which sometimes tempts our dog. Poor Elway was just trying to help get them back into their run, right?!
The new game plan
Early next year we plan to move the chickens down into our “farming” field. We just had a water line put in to make farming and raising animals much more convenient. The very large field is down in a valley, there
So, there are new and exciting chicken plans to come! As we get things set up, we will post updates on the blog. Wish us luck and