Building a run, do I need extra fencing?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by h8snags, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. h8snags

    h8snags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are building a run, and plan on using welded wire (2" x 4") for the fencing. We do plan on burying it to keep out dogs and other larger predators. We live in the city (although you wouldn't know it, as we are on about an acre of land) so there aren't any many predators to worry about, at least that I am aware of. So will I need to run hardware fabric around the bottom as well? Or do you think we should be ok?
    Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you have for the top of thr run ? some city people have coons, possom ,cat and hawls can get in from the top.
     
  3. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would, since raccoons are everywhere and can reach in and grab a bird and try to pull it through the too-small hole, resulting in the chickens head being pulled off. Sorry to be graphic.
     
  4. h8snags

    h8snags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are going to have half of it roofed, and the other half with chicken wire to prevent anything from getting in at the top. Thanks for the thought about racoons, I would hate to see my babies heads ripped off! There are cats, coons, skunks, and dogs running around, I just didn't think about them being able to reach in, I was more worried about them even being able to break in! Glad I asked, Thank you!
     
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken Wire will not stop predators. I live in town and have raccoons and stray cats. I use hardware cloth around the bottom of my pen. Use welded wire or hardware cloth on the top also
     
  6. h8snags

    h8snags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok, I think that's the best route, thank you!![​IMG]
     

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