A little about us:
We are a small family farm, nestled in the hills of Wild Wonderful West Virginia. A few years ago I was fortunate to be able to save and purchase my dream coop for my ever growing collection of chickens. At the time we were able to allow them to free range without issue, only locking them in their small run during inclement winter weather. However, this year we had unwanted visitors that decided our lovely ladies made a tasty treat....coyotes. In just a matter of a few weeks we lost over half of our numbers before we even knew it was happening. We only became aware when my 10-year old son witnessed a coyote snatch a rooster in the middle of the day.
With the help of a neighbor we were able to relocate the coop from the lower field (which was also in a floodplain) to a more desirable location near the house. However, their run is 1) to small and 2) not predator proof. I would like to be able to do both...increase my run size and make it as predator proof as I am able to do. We have attempted to save the money ourselves, but every time I get close something goes wrong (isn't that how it goes?). This time my only vehicle broke down and needed repairs. Therefore I am back to the drawing board.
It sounds crazy (call me a Crazy Chicken Mama), but I love my chickens. It is more of a hobby than anything. I give away more eggs than I sell..so asking my ladies to help pay for their upkeep has been a challenge.
It was our goal to get a new run built before winter froze the ground, but now that deadline appears to be quickly approaching. With winter upon us I fear the coyote packs will be traveling this way more frequently, as game cameras from neighbors and friends have caught selfies taken by these beasts. Paw prints in the nearby creek bed show that they are fairly large in size. =(
If you have read this far my ladies and I would like to thank you for taking your time to get here. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated & ultimately put to a good use. The more we are able to raise, the bigger and better their run can be!
McNeely Family & their Chickens
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