raccoonIt's something out of a horror movie.

You come home from a fun, barn dance/Halloween party with your young family to find your livestock slaughtered in their pen, blood spattered everywhere, corpses ripped to shreds.  A gory end to a family's pets - and food supply.

This happened to my son's teacher recently, and it got me to thinking about the buildings people use for chicken coops, thinking 'they'll do' against poultry predators.  That wasn't necessarily the case here, but I've seen some pretty rickety set-ups that are just massacres waiting to happen.

With the cost (in time mostly) involved in raising chickens for eggs or meat, you really don't want to lose even one bird.  So how do you keep your chickens safe from predators?

The House

It's a common thought to want to 'repurpose' an existing building for use as a chicken coop.  I mean, why not use that neat old shed?  Seems like a logical thought.  I thought it myself - we've got a perfect one here.  Problem is, an old building will likely be full of holes or weak spots where a poultry predator could dig or chew through, gaining access and obliterating your stock.



So what to do?

olayak
9/24/2018 1:09:40 PM

FYI an electric shock isn't "negative reinforcement", it's actually a "positive punishment". A "reinforcer" encourages things to happen. A "punisher" makes things happen less often. "Positive" is something added (think of a +) and "negative" is something that is taken away (think -). Therefore, a "negative reinforcer" is removing something so that an action happens more often. However, a "positive punishment" would be the addition of something (like an electric shock) to deter an action, or have an action happen less often. An electric fence is a positive punishment. Just a fyi, I know it's super confusing. Even my graduate school students sometimes mix it up. Otherwise, great article! thanks!


olayak
9/24/2018 1:09:01 PM

FYI an electric shock isn't "negative reinforcement", it's actually a "positive punishment". A "reinforcer" encourages things to happen. A "punisher" makes things happen less often. "Positive" is something added (think of a +) and "negative" is something that is taken away (think -). Therefore, a "negative reinforcer" is removing something so that an action happens more often. However, a "positive punishment" would be the addition of something (like an electric shock) to deter an action, or have an action happen less often. An electric fence is a positive punishment. Just a fyi, I know it's super confusing. Even my graduate school students sometimes mix it up. Otherwise, great article! thanks!


olayak
9/24/2018 1:08:20 PM

FYI an electric shock isn't "negative reinforcement", it's actually a "positive punishment". A "reinforcer" encourages things to happen. A "punisher" makes things happen less often. "Positive" is something added (think of a +) and "negative" is something that is taken away (think -). Therefore, a "negative reinforcer" is removing something so that an action happens more often. However, a "positive punishment" would be the addition of something (like an electric shock) to deter an action, or have an action happen less often. An electric fence is a positive punishment. Just a fyi, I know it's super confusing. Even my graduate school students sometimes mix it up. Otherwise, great article! thanks!






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