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Originally Posted by Folly's place View Post
 

I'd like to add that just stapling the hardware cloth may not be enough;  we added wood strips screwed into the framing over top. 

 

 

  The entire coop is on an old workshop foundation, a huge bonus.  Not stained yet, but very functional.  For winter, we attached plastic sheeting six feet up on the open walls. Great ventilation and weather protection.  Mary 


Now that is nice and secure!!

 

The bulk of my hardware cloth is not stapled but is secured as you mention...however the parts that are stapled over the openings are also electrified, so THAT should be enough! I know, new concept, taught to me by our local state bear expert.:celebrateTake THAT, predators!

 

Good point... I need to add in case anyone is looking...unless you are being artistic with electric fencing, screw with washers or secure as mentioned above the hardware cloth...


Edited by mobius - 4/23/16 at 7:05am

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Overthinkers, UNITE!!

 

First Chickens 2/23/16; 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks named Ophelia, Maybellene, Caldonia, Nadine, Evangeline and Alberta!

 

Outlaw Brooder Heating Lamps!! Use Mama Heating Pad (MHP)!!

 

Chicken Music: My playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1-Tb0ZMLqCI52B3Nbp6hKaMtcw5iN0EY

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post #12 of 17

So far no bears here, but I too will add electric fencing when that happens.  Mary

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Folly's place View Post

I'd like to add that just stapling the hardware cloth may not be enough;  we added wood strips screwed into the framing over top. 






 
The entire coop is on an old workshop foundation, a huge bonus.  Not stained yet, but very functional.  For winter, we attached plastic sheeting six feet up on the open walls. Great ventilation and weather protection.  Mary 

This is amazing! Thank you for sharing, this is so helpful, I will be sure to apply this!!!
post #14 of 17

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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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 #16 of 17

I have bears. 2x4 welded wire on a grow out pen stopped it. Bent the heck out of it and cracked the framing but stopped it. I use screws and washers to secure it. The 6K volts on elelctic netting run stops them and any land predator taller than 3". I have weasels, all 1" holes on coop are covered with hardware cloth. I have raccoon that can climb the dog kennel of winter run, coop door is closed at night, every night. I have coyote, skunk, fisher cat....list goes on, use 2x4 welded wire for dig proof apron on the grow out pen. Loads of hawk too- yet to lose a bird in the electric fence run. That's due to making sure they are large enough before going from the grow out pen to the electric fencing run. That and no matter where I move it to there is always ample trees and bushes for cover. 

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Egghead_Jr View Post

I have bears. 2x4 welded wire on a grow out pen stopped it. Bent the heck out of it and cracked the framing but stopped it. I use screws and washers to secure it. The 6K volts on elelctic netting run stops them and any land predator taller than 3". I have weasels, all 1" holes on coop are covered with hardware cloth. I have raccoon that can climb the dog kennel of winter run, coop door is closed at night, every night. I have coyote, skunk, fisher cat....list goes on, use 2x4 welded wire for dig proof apron on the grow out pen. Loads of hawk too- yet to lose a bird in the electric fence run. That's due to making sure they are large enough before going from the grow out pen to the electric fencing run. That and no matter where I move it to there is always ample trees and bushes for cover. 


 



Wow you have all sort of predators! Thank you I will use this information, it's very helpful!!!!!
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