Are Raccoons diggers?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OCChicken, May 1, 2009.

  1. OCChicken

    OCChicken In the Brooder

    May 1, 2009
    Raccoons are my only big concern at this time with for my chickens, are they diggers? Is it worth the effort to dig a trench around my pen and pour cement, or would burrying a foot or two of chicken wire be sufficient to keep the 'coons from digging underneath.

    Thanks a bunch!


  2. OverEZ

    OverEZ In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2009
    East Central Ohio
    OCC, coons will be a problem for me as well. Yes they are diggers. So are skunks and possum and of course dogs. From what I have seen on BYC sounds like everyone buries hardware fabric around 8" + then 8"+ in a 90ΒΌ, cover that portion with larger sized rocks then soil and then try to get grass to grow. Opinion sounds like the diggers stop when they encounter big rocks or the hardware fabric. Don't use chicken wire as the poultry will stick their heads out making them vulnerable to attack. Good luck. Rain is keeping me from forward progress on my Coop/Run project.
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:If you have raccoons, you most likely have skunks and possums too. Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.
  4. Are raccoons diggers??? UH....does a bear poop in the woods.....[​IMG]
    This wire was buried 8 or so inches deep ...we thought no way a COON could dig under that ...not after all that hard work?? HA [​IMG]

  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Oh yeah they will dig to china and back. So will fox, possum, dogs etc etc. Also, chicken wire alone is not good with coons around. They will reach through and grab a chicken...nothing worse than seeing a full grown chicken pulled through the wire, if you can imagine. ICK!

    Bury it, concrete it in and then run hardwire cloth on the inside.
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  6. OCChicken

    OCChicken In the Brooder

    May 1, 2009
    Thanks for the tips everyone, I have about 3 weeks until they move outside, so I guess I have a little retro fitting to do along with the rest of the coop portion.
  7. ryann77

    ryann77 Hatching

    May 2, 2009
    I am new to BYCs and have a flock of 5. My 5 week old chicks were out in their tractor today as I was in the garage building their new coop. Low and behold I looked out and saw a predator next to the tractor--Mind you this is 1:00 in the afternoon--I was about 75ft away so couldn't make out exactly what is was. It was too big for a cat, and bushy like a coon but no stripes. I grabbed a shovel an ran to the aid of my chicks, and as I approached I realized it was a groundhog. A groundhog, of all the predators I have read about never a groundhog. And the point of this post--they can dig. You should have seen the hole this critter escaped to. There was no evidence of the hog trying to dig into the tractor, but I have no idea of how long it had been there.
    Last edited: May 2, 2009

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