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How to Test a Brooder to See if it is Predator Proof

How to Test a Brooder to See if it is Predator Proof

Firstly, I will say that this is not a common way to solve the problem. However, I have found that it works quite well.

Anyone who raises chicks will ask themselves the same question:

Did I seal it up tight enough so predators are not able to get it? Is everyone (chicks) going to be safe through the night?

Unfortunately, for a lot of us, (including myself especially) we find there is a fault only after there is catastrophe. Wake up in the morning, go out to the brooder, check the temperature, look at the chicks…and then we see it. There lay several chicks that were perfectly healthy the evening before. Usually there are body parts missing, etc etc, we all know what the scene looks like.

After examining everything closely, we finally see where the rascal predator was able to get in, or stick its paws in. THEN we fix it.

Is there a way to PREVENT a problem instead of REACT to a problem?

I think so.


Yes, cats.

Preferably barn cats, they are little stinkers.  We all know they are pretty good predators by the piles of mice we find.

Before there are chicks in your brooder, stick a barn cat or kitten in there. Wait and watch.

What is going to happen 95% of the time? The cat is going to escape.

Holy smokes. Eureka. Did it click? I found this out on complete accident. Now this is my BEST testing method, and it WORKS.

Every time the cat escapes, you find a “hole” in your brooder. Rinse and repeat until the cat can’t escape. Now, you should be good to go for most predators: Raccoons, Possums, Weasels, “Bad feral cats”, Foxes.

Obviously nothing is perfect, but this will give you a serious one up.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

–Sun Tzu


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