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1"x1" welded wire VS Raccoons/coyotes/foxes/cats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Eroc1_1, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I have nearly completed a house for my, soon to be delivered, ducks. I used 1"x1" welded wire on the porch portion of the house. After reading some of the posts in this section I am doubting whether or not it will hold up. We do have raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and cats around our area. Should I add another layer of the welded wire slightly offset from the first? I do intend to add more screws and washers to secure the welded wire better. I will post a picture so that you can see what I am talking about.

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  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Will you coop be enclosed in a secured pen/run? Including netting, wire ot roof on the top?

    What predators are in your area?
     
  3. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be locked up at night and able to free range during the day and allowed on a pond that is also inhabited by 50+ wild Canadian Geese. We have cats, fox, coyotes, and raccoons, and an occasional hawk.
     
  4. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A big coon will either reach through the 1 X 1 wire, or rip it open. They are incredibly strong. I caught a big one in a live trap last summer, and it nearly demolished the 1/2" wire. Took me a whole day to reinforce it again.
     
  5. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your house is adorable. [​IMG]
     
  6. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what is the best way deter 'break-ins'? Add some heavy duty livestock panels? I can't put a permanent structure or run because we are currently renting our place. That is why I kinda went with my current concept......it can be somewhat easily moved.
     
  7. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    1/4" "hardware cloth" instead of the welded wire you have would solve your problem.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hardware cloth will keep those little paws out, just make sure it's really well attached.

    In your other thread about this duck house you said a clip so the girls could let them out in the morning- be aware that raccoons can undo latches and clips as well as humans can. If not better!

    Beautiful duck house!
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I've always had good luck with the heaviest 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth we could get on our tractor and coop openings. Some places these days sell it made with lighter gauge wire, so it's cheaper, but you want the heaviest gauge you can get. Sorry, I don't remember what gauge ours is.

    Make sure that every edge of the wire is attached to a secure board with wood screws. We use the washer method, too. We also use wood screws to put the wood parts together, so things can't be pulled apart. Also, to attach hardware, so it can't be pulled off.

    That's looking really cute! [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I just want to say that your coop is beautiful!!! Yeah- do something like put more welded wire offset or 1/2 " hardware cloth. I have no experience with raccoon problems. Weasels, however, I have read will be able to easily get through a 1" opening. They happily kill chickens.

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