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It's been 8 years+ since our family raised chickens in So Cal. We r now in pre-coop building mode and planning. Due to critters we HAVE to enclose 'em. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Hi Bippy!

 

You might want to check out the coop building thread for more information.

 

The best advice I received when I started?  Overbuild a Fort Knox and you won't have to worry.  Hardware cloth is the best for predator protection, making sure every conceivable entry point is covered.  Bury it down in a trench 18" or flare it out in an apron to prevent digging in.

 

In the desert, you'll also need a lot of shade, plenty of waterers, and a coop with great ventilation.

 

Good Luck, and :welcome

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. There is a good article at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/07/11-tips-for-predator-proofing-chickens.html on predator proofing your chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
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I agree with  Friday Yet,   overbuild & use 1/2 " hardware cloth.    Cover the top of the run to keep raptors & climbers out.

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PS  make sure all coop & run gates/doors  have solid locking systems - I would suggest two different kinds. That will hopefully  outsmart preds that are good with their paws.

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