Predator Risks for Chickens During Daylight?
I have a couple Americauna hens that are full grown. They are pets and very dear to us and the kids.
Our first experiment with chicks went horribly wrong when a Racoon killed the 2 chicks overnight by putting its hands through the cage and taking the little chicks apart piece-by-piece.
We reinforced the cage with wire mesh instead of chicken wire. The second set of chicks have made it well and are now fully grown and egg laying hens.
Is it now SAFE to let them roam the yard during broad DAYLIGHT. Of course, we'll lock them up at night...but it would be nice to let them roam free for a few hours during the day.
Is this risky? It take a while to get over baby chicks being taken apart by a racoon. I've never seen one out during the day around my house....but I have seen racoons out during the day in public parks, etc.
Any advice would be appreciated.