build a better chicken coop with metal latches to ward off predators
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5. Use Predator-Proof Hardware

Because chickens are easy prey for nocturnal critters, such as raccoons, opossum, and foxes, select metal latches for your coop that can't be flicked open by a paw, and always lock up your flock at night. Here, a barrel-bolt latch safeguards the hens.
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