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Wood type & width for predator proof chain link dog kennel?

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Is there a general guideline on what kind of wood/how thick it needs to be to keep out foxes/raccoons? 

I need a stronger wood around the top of the walls, where the walls meet the bottom of the roof basically, but I'm not sure what to get and after doing some googling I can't find anything. Everything talks about what gauge wire to get but not on what thickness wood! I'm worried about foxes/raccoons gnawing through so want to make sure I get the right thing.

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If you want something really sturdy, perhaps 2"x8" boards.

 

Can you get a photo of the tops of the walls?

 

I put half inch metal 16 gauge hardware cloth across the top of the duck house to keep predators out.  I fastened it with washers and screws every 12 inches, and with poultry nails every 3 or 4 inches in between.

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Thanks, I will post pictures of it later today! :)

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good day to you.  I am also building a suitable pen for chickens and am saddled with living in a national forest far from any city.   Which means i have very strong predators.  You have two choices.   Wood, for which i would choose treated 4 x 4s for the top and posts.    Dog Kennel sections may be affixed quite stoutly to these.   Bury each post with a good nine inch post hole and dig the hole 12 inches deeper than u want to bury the post.  Place a good bucket of 3/4 gravel at the bottom of the post hole so the post end is not sitting in water, will insure u a very long life for the post. 

 

the other option is the following;   Recycling businesses usually have a store of used well drilling sections, which are very stout 3 inch wide , some are four, and these can be welded up with well casing posts for an impenetrable perimeter.  they run 20 - 30 buck for each 20 foot section.   Spendy but only a dedicated BULL could get thru. 

 

Im my country , unless your fence is 9 foot high the deer simply rock back on their hind leg and hop over any 6 foot fence.    Deer dont eat chickens but sure will eat the feed. and cause havoc with feeders.

 

Hope that helps.   I wish u luck.   Its fun enjoying the finish product.

 

Im my country we have to protect the over head from chicken hawks and eagles and flacons.  So a good hardware cloth with bracing insures no visitors allowed. 

 

Doug

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