I need help with predator proofing my coop and run. Something dug into one of my chicken pens at night and got all 8 Lavender Orps. First time we have had a problem but I figure they will be back. Lots of questions and in desperate need for answers before they strike again. The first coop I am fixing is an open coop. It is walled up on 3 sides and then open into the run which is 2x4 welded wire.
1. Can I use the 2x4 welded wire around the bottom of the run?
2. How far out should I run the wire? I was thinking 2 feet. Do I bury the wire?
3. Should I run it inside the pen a foot or so? Or can I bend the wire up inside the pen and wire it to the pens wire about 4-6 inches up?
4. Can I use the 2x4 welded wire over the top of the run? It will attach to the open side of the coop and cover the run so there will be no openings.
2nd Coop 10x10 dog run (chain link fencing) This is where I plan to put my silkies. Was going to use the 2x4 welded wire about 2 foot out all the way around.Then I am going to put hardware cloth all the way around about 3ft up. Going to build a coop for the silkies 3'Wx8'Lx4'H with a floor in it. It will be totally enclosed and locked at night.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Right now I have a baby monitor set up in the coop so I can monitor the sounds all night. Also have a game camera set up to try and see what may be visiting my coop. If something did get in the coop and start getting the chickens would they start squawking. I am hoping it will wake me up.
My chickens free range all day and I've only lost 2.