can a coon pry hardware cloth open on my vents?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by alica31, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. alica31

    alica31 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are building a new, larger coop with a Fort Knox mentality, but I am curious - can a coon pry open the hardware cloth covering my ventilation windows? the coop will have windows that open & latch closed but is there a safe way to prevent critters from trying to get thru the hardware cloth?
     
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    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Attach the hardware cloth on the inside of the coop with fencing staples or screws with washers, and run wood strips over that, screwed into the framing. Large openings need more framing and maybe 2"x4" woven wire fencing too. Mary
     
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  3. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Below is a pic of the front of my coop. The hardware cloth is attached to the outside of the wall. It is held in place with heavy duty poultry stables, then 1X3" pine boards are nailed over the that. You end up with a nice, finished look, that is totally coon proof. Before I surrounded the coop with electrified poultry net, on more than a few occasions, I would find the coon's muddy little hand prints around the coop's windows, looking for a way in. They never found one.


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  4. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Secured properly, 1/2 hardware cloth works well to keep coons out.
     
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  5. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with previous posters. Don't worry about coons getting *through* the hardware cloth. Worry about them getting around it. And that means securing the edges thoroughly like in the pictures above.
    Personally, I put the hardware cloth on the inside and used poultry staples and/or screws on the inside of the window frames. Lots of 'em. Trust me, it's rock solid. Nothing's getting through there, not even me when I locked myself in. If I were putting the HC on the outside, I would surely do it like in the picture above.
    Like you, I was concerned about coons ripping through the HC, so along with the HC I laid in a layer of 1x2" welded wire, very tough stuff. Breaking into the coop would now be most easily accomplished by bashing through the walls or roof, not the windows.
    BTW, I do NOT regret adding the layer of 1x2 welded wire. It may not really be necessary, but few people have regrets about adding too much security, only too little. Like Mama Gump said, "one less thing to worry about."
     
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  6. alica31

    alica31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wonderful suggestions!!!!! I will take your advice --
    I really, really appreciate all the input.[​IMG]
    I do not want first hand raccoon 'breaking and entering' experience!
     
  7. alica31

    alica31 Out Of The Brooder

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    LOVE your coop! Very easy to see the design idea you mentioned! Thanks!
     

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