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Do raccoons typically dig their way into a coop/run or do they more often get in through other methods?

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Depends on the modes available to them. If it's easier to climb (no roof), they'll climb. If it's easier to bully their way through the wire, they'll bully their way through the wire. If it's easier to dig, they'll dig. They're opportunists, not specialists. smile

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Do raccoons typically dig their way into a coop/run or do they more often get in through other methods?


I've seen the raccoons climb, I've found the foxes prints where digging holes were at, I've seen a fox jump over a three foot fence. I've heard that foxes can climb over a fence, but haven't seen it myself. Dogs will dig and paw open a gate when persistent. A large determined Dog will tear though chicken wire.

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Is there a way to prevent raccoons from digging under? I was talking to my grandma, who used to keep chickens, and digging 'coons was the reason they finally gave up. Apparently East Texas 'coons really like chickens.

I just don't want to end up with the same issue if I can help it. The one I'm building is going to have a roof (probably solid, not wire) so they won't get in that way, and the base of the cage is going to be 4x4s.

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Bury fence around the base of your run.

That said, the most effective way to keep coons out is to have a coop that you close the chickens up inside at night.

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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I'm ever increasingly becoming a fan of electric fencing. It is cheap and less labor intensive than burying fencing. Then there is a sick side of me that does take some delight in knowing that when it works some raccoon is going to get a nasty zap to the paw. You can always ensure that lessons are learned by putting marshmallows on the wire.

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Electricity and coons is a good combination.

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If you can't laugh at yourself and in turn, everyone else, when you or they do something amusing, life is far too serious. Some folks just find more things amusing than others.

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post #8 of 9

Coons as a rule don't dig under something...they climb over the top or tear their way in.  They will force their way under a fence if it's not fastened down.


Edited by Katy - 5/20/10 at 7:04am
I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #9 of 9

We're actually putting the coop on the property of a farmer whose land is adjacent to my boyfriend's; our POA frowns upon keeping poultry. hmm And I don't think said farmer would appreciate us running any wires through his cow field, so that's out.

I'll bury the fence in a bit and hope that works. And maybe the 'coons aren't as mean here in VA! :p

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