Animals Digging to Get In

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 7L Farm, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I was wondering How many have experienced predators digging to get in the coop? Also, name the predator & what was the outcome?

  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I have not had the problem but scbatz33 did with raccoons. She lost nearly all of her birds before she could get them stopped.

    She dug out around the doorway of the stall and buried cinder blacks, she reinforced the entire stall with wire, she buried wire around the bottom of the stall and out to stop them.

    You have to have something solid or hardwire cloth buried down and out away from the walls so when they dig, they hit wire or something solid they cannot dig through.
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Quote:Thanks, I buried wire around the run yesterday. I also have an electric fence around the coop & run. Will this stop them ? I haven't buried wire around the coop though. I haven't encountered a problem yet . Just trying to protect them from the predators.
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Wow Not very many.

  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It wasn't a dig in, but more of a walk in. Before I put the apron around my run, I had a possum kind of push its way under the wire around my run. The wire was not buried but was right on the ground and the bottom was hidden in the grass. I did put an apron down after that.

    I always had an apron around my coop. My philosophy is to have a predator resistant run for the daytime and a predator proof coop to lock them in at night.
  6. theFox

    theFox Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Too many rocks where my coops and runs are, a small rodent might be able to tunnel around them but would have to be very persistent.

    Digging post holes was a major undertaking.
  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    We have had diggers around our coop/run. But they were foiled b/c we dug 12 inches down into the hard, clay ground to bury the run wire. [​IMG] They also climbed up on top of the run, which was netted and covered with heavy duty construction grade plastic and tried to claw open the plastic to get into the coop.
    Not long thereafter, we trapped FIVE humongous raccoons. They're pushing up daisies now.

  8. I have had a very recent problem with fox. My run fence (hardwire) is buried down approx. a foot, and they gave up trying to dig their way in. DD and I went to the gravel pit yesterday and hauled a car load of large rocks home and placed them around the fence as well. No evidence of digging this morning, so I hope that they have given up. My coop is very secure, but I leave for work 2 mornings a week before the sun comes up, and I go out and open the pop door before I leave, so the fence has to be secure as well.

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