Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
Awww TG I'm sorry to hear the last two disappeared as well. That is so frustrating. I completely free range my brood and so far I've been relatively lucky. I've lost 3 over the past 2 years to predators, and I guess two of those don't really count because the were either my dog or the neighbor dog. One I found out in the pasture. I take that back. I found a huge pile of feathers in the pasture. The body was long gone. Anyway, between them staying super close to our house, as in under our front deck and around the car port, and also our dogs, I guess they stay pretty safe from outside predators. I've seen one hawk do a touch and go once but without success. I love having our chickens all around our house (even though you do have to watch your step around our sidewalk...only downfall). Oh and as far as fattening them up, left overs! :) They eat anything!!! We keep a chicken plate to scrape dinner scraps on every night. Our trash never stinks because the chickens eat all the scraps so they stay out of our trash. :) At night I do lock them up. I've converted a rubbermaid yard shed into their coop and once they go to bed at sundown, I just close the door. The only time I've ever had trouble in my coop was when we lived in VA on a very wooded property and a possum got in there before I was able to get home to shut the door. I lost 3 that night. He was still in there, hiding in one of the next boxes. He had a pretty good headache when I got done with him. LOL!