Bear Proof Coops

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by Pickles, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Pickles

    Pickles New Member

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    Anyone have advice or pictures of a bear (black) proof coop. Thanks!
     
  2. kahiltna_flock

    kahiltna_flock New Member

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    Don't know about the coop being bear proof, but i know a lot if people here in Alaska use electric fencing around their yards or runs. I am thinking about that for the spring.
     

  3. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    That's one thing I hope I never have to deal with!

    I would guess that for something the size of a bear you would need an electric fence. So long as they can get to the coop nothing other then very thick gauge wire would stop them ripping into it.
     
  4. kahiltna_flock

    kahiltna_flock New Member

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    They can pretty much take down any kind of fencing if there is something they want on the other side. I only have chicken wire up so mine aren't very secure. I do live in the middle if town, never actually seen a bear in my neighborhood but I know others have. I came home from a 3 week vacation and found bear scat in my garden. I am a bit nervous about this spring. Time will tell.
     
  5. dandmtritt

    dandmtritt Junior Member

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    The biologists here in Kodiak, AK supposedly the home of the biggest brown bears in North American use simple electric fences to keep the bears away from thier food which is in bear proof containers set in the middle of like a 10'X10' area. They also string the stuff up around their tents. Bears are curious creatures and they love investigating things. For us in Alaska the time to worry is spring and fall. They are hunger when they get out of their dens and they want that extra bit of fat before going back to bed for the winter. Electric is cheap and easy and supposedly very effective and thats straight from a head bear biologist from Kodiak. But there isn't much thats gonna stop a bear they are pure strength. The black bears can climb so that adds to your delima.