I decided not to order breed specific and lay out a lot of money for my first batch. I ordered a cheaper "barnyard mix" and will see what we hatch out of the dozen I ordered. That is if all twelve get here in one piece! I really need to get a nice virile rooster so that I can gather my own fertilized eggs. Our rooster was doing his job protecting the hens and got snatched up by a hawk. It was heartbreaking! He was a great rooster and we miss him terribly. RIP Beetlejuice! That is part of farm life dealing with predators. However, since we got the Great Pyrenees we have not had any more predator issues so far.
- Domestic Dogs
- Feral Cats
Do you deal with predators? How do you protect your free-ranging birds? I'd love to hear other tips and ideas since this is such a prevalent problem for all farmers.