Buried Wire Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by itsren, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. itsren

    itsren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New chicken owner here... I live in the Pacific Northwest and we get rain about 9 months out of the year. I keep reading that wire should be buried beneath the coop and run to keep digging predators out. Is there a specific kind of wire that is recommended that won't rust? My coop will have a roof, but the attached run will not. The other thought I had was drilling holes in a piece of plywood and burying that instead. I'm not sure if that will be asking for trouble (termites) or if plywood would hurt the chickens if they managed to dig through the dirt or sand and pecked at it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    We've seen Bald Eagles, hawks, racoons, opossums, and moles. We have heard of cougars wandering into the neighborhood every now and then, as well. I'm not sure what other possible predators we may have that we don't know about.
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use an apron around my coops;[​IMG]
     
  3. itsren

    itsren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good idea! So you don't need to bury anything at all then, right?
     
  4. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just ran an electric fence about 6-8" off the ground. A lot easier and cheaper than all that fencing.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    That's correct
     

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