Are these opening tight enough to leave uncovered?

ImNotYogi

Songster
5 Years
Dec 8, 2014
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Just finished covering the larger ventilation openings with 1/4 hardwire cloth. Above them, around the beams, are smaller gaps. About 1-2" high and almost 3" wide from the wall to beam.
From outside:
400


Inside:
400
 

ImNotYogi

Songster
5 Years
Dec 8, 2014
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Eastern NC
Alright, thanks. I'll need to secure the cloth on the outside of the coop then. I can't maneuver anything around the beams.
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
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Alright, thanks. I'll need to secure the cloth on the outside of the coop then. I can't maneuver anything around the beams.
Some people (I have not tried this) use large washers with screws to help keep the hardware cloth stable.

In my previous post I said "perfectly" safe but I had better change that to "safer," since predators can always surprise you. Raccoons can be daring and clever, for example. I would not expect those holes to admit raccoons, however.

I hope this helps!

Enjoy your chickens!

Oh- I almost forgot- I wanted to mention that I didn't think we had weasels around here, but recently saw one in the front yard that an aerial predator had dropped. Imagine my shock to find out we have them here! So even if you have never seen one, it doesn't mean they aren't around, sadly.
 
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ImNotYogi

Songster
5 Years
Dec 8, 2014
360
47
106
Eastern NC
I used screws and washers with the cloth. I'd rather have it as secure as possible before they're in the coop than to learn the hard way. I can see if something happened while freeranging but not for something to get into the coop.
 

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