We are building our coop and the only thing i know is that 'chicken wire' isnt great protection. What type of wire have you used and what seems to work best? how deep do you have it buried?
best wire fencing for coop run?
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I use 2"x4" 12.5 gauge fencing for runs. I would never suggest that a person bury wire for protection. Most predator that dig can dig down a couple of feet without much trouble. You are better off to lay a foot or more of fencing along the ground on the outside of the run (predator guard), connected to your run fence. This will stop digging right were it starts, where the run fence meets the ground. They seldom figure out to move away from the run fence to dig. You do not have to bury the predator guard, just let grass or whatever grows there come up through the wire and it will self bury. Just pin the outside edge of the predator guards down with U shaped pieces of wire.
If I ever build another one I will go with a walk in run 6 1/2 feet tall or taller made from chain link. I would then cover the bottom 3 feet with 1/2 inch hardware cloth. I think this is the most sturdy option for the best cost (if your buying new material versus used stuff)
My current run is left over field fence covered in 1 inch chicken wire. I have never had a problem, but a raccoon could fairly easily get in.
As already stated.... I think the predator guard style works great as a digging deterrent. The 1/2 hardware cloth would work great for this as well.