Sorry if this is a bit behind the times .... ( you'd think that having time off work over Christmas / New Year would mean that I'd have more time to keep up with the email, wouldn't you? Unfortunately for me, it didn't ...... )
If the problem with coyotes getting the chickens is anything like the problems my relatives on farms have with foxes, the answer is to round up the chickens at dusk/nightfall and shut them into a secure pen or hutch. Chickens are creatures of habit and usually go to roost in the same places at night, so they don't normally take much persuading to go to bed. ( You may actually find that when you go to round them up, they're already up on their perches and all you have to do is shut the gate! ) They also like to roost off the ground, so that if any marauding predators get into the chook-pen, the only chooks that they'll get ( unfortunately ) wil be the ones who may be sitting on a nest that is accessible from the ground.
But, yes, I can see that just having chooks could draw coyotes to the property, which might be a problem if you have other vulnerable livestock or animals. Or small children, although I don't think I've ever heard of coyotes going after children that are big enough to toddle - or children fullstop - but I could be wrong. ( No coyotes in Australia, just foxes, and dingoes, which are bigger than both foxes and coyotes and quite capable of attacking and killing creatures larger than themselves. )
My two cents worth,
--- Jenn <aelfgifu@...
From: Jenn <aelfgifu@...
Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005 10:34:47 -0800
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] barnyard friends
Hi, Saerlaith. I want chickens, too, but DH doesn't want them
draw coyotes... [he just doesn't want them around! <G>]
Most bang for the buck depends on what you want. Spin fiber
& see what you like. & remember, it is much cheaper to buy
spin than to raise animals. <G> Trust me! LOL
I haven't tried to milk the sheep, but goats are easy. If you
milk, go with one of the dairy breeds. I have a Saanen. No
fiber, but, then, I have my sheep.
Also, get to know some goat people. Talk to them about their
They have different personalities & you want some that fit in
well with you.
Is it important to you to have a recognized breed of sheep from
Middle Ages? If so, you'll want to get a primitive breed OR
look at the
characteristics of the sheep in the area you're interested in
Also, do not buy single animals. Sheep & goats are flock/herd
& won't be happy alone.
Be prepared to spend time with them every day. Show up w/
Well, that is more than anyone wanted to know. Write me
Jennifer Hill Ælfgifu
Counting Sheep Farm House Red Stag/Cynn
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