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The welded wire will work well for cats. Is that 2"X2" wire?  Coons and possums can absolutely pull the chicken's head through the large opening wire and chew it off.  I'd put 1/2 inch hardware cloth along the bottom 2 feet.  With netting for the cover, you may have some trouble if you leave even the slightest gap or if a coon starts tearing at it..  If your coop door opens and closes with an automatic opener, you may find a killer trapped in your enclosure when the door opens in the morning!  If you have to open it manually, you will have a ripe-n-easy target in the morning.

 

Your set-up seems to be pretty-much permanent.  Why not provide your birds with some below-ground protection?

 

I never was crazy about netting for a cover.  Seems that predators can much more easily find a way between the netting and wire or tear through the netting.  We have a terrible problem with hawks and owls.  Netting pulled taught and secured well will work for them.  But, a determined coon....

 

Your set-up is first-class and your chickens are beautiful!  You should be proud.  Good job.

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post #12 of 14
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Hardware cloth is pretty expensive. There isn't much need for it in the run. Urban areas have dogs and skunks-they dig. I suggest an apron. Little extra time to put on apron and if you use 2x4 14 gauge welded wire the cost for apron and covering run would be less.

Ok for the 2x4 welded wire is it ok it's not 1/2" holes? I read raccoons can stick hands through and tear chickens to shreds. What about cats. LOTS of cats in my neighborhood. The welded wire is wayyyyy cheaper

Welded wire fencing comes in many different sizes...from 1/2 x 1 up to 4x4.

I uses 1/2" hardware cloth on all coop openings for night time protection...2x4 welded wire fencing on run including roof, but I'm home all day.

If I was gone all day at work, I'd have made my run more secure.

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!!!

 

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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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post #13 of 14

Maybe something like this would be good, so you wouldn't have to use two different materials on top of each other: http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/rabbit-guard-fence-40-in-x-50-ft?cm_vc=-10005

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Five dogs, two cats, four budgies, one parrot, 12 chickens of various ages, and a great DH who built me the coop of my dreams:)

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different. ~ Hippocrates

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Welded wire fencing comes in many different sizes...from 1/2 x 1 up to 4x4.
I uses 1/2" hardware cloth on all coop openings for night time protection...2x4 welded wire fencing on run including roof, but I'm home all day.
If I was gone all day at work, I'd have made my run more secure.

I'll probably use 1/2 just to be safe. I will be going back to work after my maternity leave
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