All things considered, autumn is a pretty optimal time to be raising your backyard birds.
Everybody loves the fall season. It’s great to get out and about and check on your birds and watch them be active. But we know with fall, Old Man Winter is right around the corner.
In the late fall and early winter, many of the predators that you might be dealing with are running out of food sources, and your chickens start looking pretty tasty to them. So it’s very important to take the time before the cold weather hits to prepare your coop, and make sure it stays nice and secure so that your chickens don’t become a predator’s next meal.
One of the main things you can do is make sure you go out and inspect your house and make sure it’s in good working order.
Inspections are a lot easier to do in the fall than winter, so go out, look around your chicken house, make sure you don’t have any open spaces or other ways a predator could gain access.
This includes checking the floors and roof, making sure all the seams that match up in your house are secure and safe so that a predator can’t burrow under or somehow get through a crack or a place where your house may have weathered over the summer season.