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How To Keep Winter Predators Out of Your Coop

Winter brings extra challenges to your career in raising backyard chickens. In addition to winterizing your coop and keeping your flock healthy, you need to worry about predators stalking your birds in the cold. Food gets scarce in the winter, which means the local wildlife are more tempted than ever to make off with some of your hens or their eggs. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your chickens safe and secure all season long. Prevent hunters and thieves with this guide on how to keep winter predators out of your coop.

Know Your Winter Predators

The first step to coop security is knowing your suspects. In winter, you’ll see many of the same predators that visit your coop the rest of the year. Keep in mind, however, that some of these animals will become more persistent once the weather turns cold and food becomes less available. When winter comes along, you’ll want to keep an eye out for raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and birds of prey. Neighborhood pets—especially outdoor cats that often hunt for themselves—can also pose a threat to your birds this season.

Shine Some Light

Light can be an effective element of how to keep winter predators out of your coop. When the dark night suddenly floods with bright light, animals are more likely to get spooked and run off before they have a chance to snatch a hen. You can install motion sensor lights to ward off predators that creep too close. However, you should know the pros and cons of coop lighting before you install bulbs in and around your coop. An electric malfunction can lead to fires. Plus, too much artificial light will stress out your hens.

Leave No Invitations

Keep an eye on your coop throughout the winter to make sure it’s not tempting any local predators. Cracks and holes in the coop create the perfect opening for smaller predators, so take the time to inspect for damage, especially after heavy winter storms. Take care when placing or repairing your fencing. Be sure to bury the fence several inches into the ground to deter burrowing predators. Finally, the smells of outdoor food containers attract predators. Be sure to seal all food tightly and store it indoors. Clean up spills in the coop, too, to eliminate many of the temptations that bring predators to your yard.

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If your family is looking for some extra fun and love, then a pet may be just the route to take. Now, this isn’t something you should take lightly or decide on a whim, but dogs are known to provide extra reasons to enjoy life. The rewards for adopting a pup far outweighs most concerns and fears you may have.  Continue Reading . .
goat walking for family fun in valparaiso indiana creme de la cropHave You Heard of Goat Walking? 
Owners at Creme De La Crop Farm in Valparaiso found themselves without the time to take their goats walking, which is a much needed activity for the health and well-being of the goats. So, they came up with a method to have family volunteers walk the goats – which has turned out to be a huge success!  Continue Reading . .  
Best Animals to Have on Your Hobby Farm

Best Animals to Have on Your Hobby Farm

Hobby farms are great ways to produce your own food, make a little extra cash, and spend more time outdoors with some of nature’s greatest creatures. One of the best parts of owning a hobby farm is that you don’t have to rely on it as your sole source of income. This means you’re free… Continue Reading →

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Local Worker to have a “Squirrely” Christmas

by Gayle Kosalko   This may seem to be a squirrely little story….and it is, but it’s a sweet one too. Back in September a work crew set out to cut down a tree in the Historical Society’s yard.  And while they were working, they noticed a baby squirrel watching them.  There had been… Continue Reading →

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Hall out the Holly, but Don’t Eat it

Holiday plants and greenery are cherished traditions. But under that pretty, green demeanor may be some toxins that are harmful to certain members of your family, including dogs and cats. Purdue Extension Porter County wants you and your family to be aware of some of the issues surrounding these holiday decorations.  Holly  All parts of… Continue Reading →

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Whiting Parks Saves Snowy Owl

by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko Hopefully, “Owl” be Back!        Officer Milford Hale with the WPD found a beautiful Snow Owl in Lakefront Park.  It appeared that its wing had been broken.      Ann Canning of the Park Department said that after many hours of calls, they found a wildlife rescue that was willing to take… Continue Reading →

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Endangered Species Found In Cedar Lake Indiana

     On July 2nd, 2020 Humane Indiana Wildlife received a call about two young chicks found in a window well in Cedar Lake, IN. Upon further communication with the two teens who found the chicks, it was determined the chicks were actually Virginia Rails, an endangered species in the state of Indiana. “When the finders sent us a photograph of the chicks they had discovered, we were very surprised to see that they were Virginia Rails Continue Reading . . . 


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