Originally Posted by mishka
I've only been on here a day and the plethora of information is mind blowing! I thought I had done sufficient research till I got on the site haha. I have no problem I have no problem knocking off a rooster for some chicken and sausage gumbo but he would be a nuisance to the neighbors while we fatten him up.
I've given immense thought to the chickens safety and I'm starting to formulate what may be a good route. I'm going to use zinc plated hardware mesh to combat the Hawks and opossums and snakes. Someone advised extending the mesh down on the ground and laying it flat out about a foot around the whole cage and partly burying or coving with dirt to discourage animals from digging to get into the cage. All openings/doors to access the hen house and cage with have some sort of locking system on it to keep the crafty predators from opening the doors and letting themselves in. I was also thinking about a barrier of moth balls around the cage to keep snakes away. I'm not sure if this is not enough or a little over kill but I really don't want to put forth the work and effort only to find that my chickens became another animals dinner.
your gna b a great chicken momma! Im glad your not squeamish about offing a bad boy! Thats great news, not like im sayn chop everybodys head off But, boys are a problem for alot of people. I currently have 6 getn to the 5-6 month stage that i proccess them at and theyre not real noisy at this stage Yet, another month or two though and theyll start getn real bad as the hormones finish kicking in.
The way i see your plans you want the whole 9 yards, hardware cloth is a great way to start! That stuff will keep out everyrhing, snakes and mice included if u use the 1/2 inch. Ive heard of laying it out along the bottom of the run/coop, but IMO you want to dig a six inch trench, six down, six out. At six down bend your hardware cloth into a 90* angle and then bury it at that six inchs under, six inchs out. That way even if a Large dog was to try and dig under theyre encountering harware cloth every direction and think its impenatrable. Use that same cloth over ever inch that isnt solid wood. BUT the cloth is only as good as its fasteners! Beware if u use somthing flimsy to fasten it it cant do its job. Im sure you will just putin Everything i Can on the table
Being here in LA we get alota rain so IMO a tin or greenhouse type hard plastic covered run makes a huge difference.