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I've already purchased the Smartside needed to reside our chicken coop; however, I am now having second thoughts and find myself wondering if it is going to be too easy for predators to get through. I realize I could put a backing behind it (i.e. OSB) but I am also trying to save some expense.  Has anyone ever had a predator get through Smartside?

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Are you thinking that because it's thin it can be breached? I've not used this product specifically but similar Plantanium sheathing, same thickness.

 

Here's an old thread on Smartsiding:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/519610/smartside-siding

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Rats could chew through, but I doubt that a raccoon would take the time or effort too ... Now a bear could easily rip it apart, or most stuff! wink.png
Edited by 123RedBeard - 10/2/15 at 6:20am
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Are you thinking that because it's thin it can be breached? I've not used this product specifically but similar Plantanium sheathing, same thickness.

 

Here's an old thread on Smartsiding:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/519610/smartside-siding


We bought the 1/2" Smartside but I guess it is just not as sturdy as I expected it to be.  In fact, it seems a lot less sturdy than 1/2" plywood or OSB.  Plus the back reminds me of particle board so I was just curious if anyone had issues.  The other threads I read on BYC were all so positive.  I did not recall anyone having predator issues but I just wanted to make sure.

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