2" x 3" Wire and Coop Design

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NewAtThis67, May 10, 2016.

  1. NewAtThis67

    NewAtThis67 New Egg

    May 10, 2016
    Fort Worth
    As the name implies, we are "NewAtThis". I have built my own coop using a 10' x 10' existing space under our treehouse. I used YouTube videos and this forum to help me design it. We have a dog that would easily tear right through the standard chicken wire. So, I went with a 16-gauge 2" x 3" wire. The chicks are only 3 weeks old and can walk right through the wire at this point. We are keeping them in the hen house/brood for now. Can I just wait it out until they grow large enough to not fit through the wire or should[​IMG][/IMG] I wrap the coop in a hardware cloth?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! What a neat looking coop! If you think they will fit through I would certainly wrap it so they can't escape. Better to be safe rather than sorry. At three weeks I'm sure they would really enjoy the fresh air of being outside.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Actually you need to back your wire with 1/2" hardware cloth so predators and others do not grab a hold of some body part and bite it off. You also want to foil diggers, and a top on the run will help keep out climbers, jumpers and raptors. Everything loves to eat chicken. Pet dogs and cats seem to massacre their owner's flock most often. Though neighbors that allow dogs to run free also do much harm.
  6. NewAtThis67

    NewAtThis67 New Egg

    May 10, 2016
    Fort Worth
    Thank you for the responses and suggestions. We do live in the city and have a fenced yard. We are only allowed 6 chickens (no roosters) in Fort Worth. The only predators that I have seen around here are hawks and owls...and those ferocious squirrels.

    The coop stands 8' high as I used the 10' x 10' base of our treehouse. I have used the 2' x 3' 14 gauge fencing all the way to the top. I just spent some time last night wrapping the inside bottom 4 feet with standard 20 gauge chicken wire. Do you think 4' is enough?

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