I was hoping to not have to shut them in every night
Renate Haeckler wrote:If you had a central henhouse they could always have access to, you could shut them in at night, thus avoiding 90% of predator problems, they could lay eggs in there, and you could put a water dish nearby. Moving them to another section might be the trickiest part - chickens seem to get a home turf in their heads and want to spend most of their time there. Tho they'll often roam a half acre or more, so it could work for you.
Jay Green wrote:A good dog in your fencing system will keep those pesky preds away and you can free range them while you are gone and not have to close them up in a coop. I have done this for years and just got back from a three day jaunt...everyone present and accounted for, per usual. In the past 10 years of free ranging, I have lost a total of 5 birds to predators...and three of those were chicks taken out of the brooder by a black snake.
A good dog beats traps, guns, scents and closed up coops over and over.