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chicken wire for apron around the ground

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my new pen i used 1/2in 19 guage hardware cloth on all walls and roof

 

but i bought 1 inch chicken wire to go on ground for the apron for prdators

 

is chicken wire doable for the apron to deter digging?

post #2 of 6
From what I have read here on BYC chicken wire is effective at keeping chickens enclosed but not so good at keeping predators out. I guess you could try it and see what happens?

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It might work, but I'd fold the wire over to double it and lay large rocks on top so that they cover the wire.

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We have foxes and so I use metal fabric (welded wire mesh). The holes are 1cm x 2cm (a little less than 3/8th" x 3/4th").  Anything much larger and you can get rodents and other critters passing through. For larger predators the traditional chicken wire is just too easy to bite through or otherwise defeat.  The only place we've used it is in the overhead section of the run. I may be overdoing it, but I mount the mesh on the outside of the structure with a deep overlap on the frame  (to make it harder to push through the gap) and use a staple on every wire. We lost 10 of 12 of our first flock to a fox and the level of strength, determination, and imagination it had to use to get to them was impressive - if distressing.  I reckon extra staples are a small cost compared to having to put down an injured friend.

 

Rather than bury the mesh or play an apron, I've gone with a fully wired base, again, mesh on the outside. With the wood chips and litter they never see the wire.


Edited by Hermit House - 12/18/15 at 6:51am
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Originally Posted by Cheep N Peep View Post
 

It might work, but I'd fold the wire over to double it and lay large rocks on top so that they cover the wire.

Agrees..... double it and bury it a few inches, rocks or pavers wouldn't hurt either.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I bought the hardware cloth thanks all
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