Can a raccoon reach through hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sunflour, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Can a raccoon reach their hands through 1/2 inch hardware cloth?

    I have read this in 2 texts, but really thought it was a type error. But, really want to know if anyone has seen it happen?
     
  2. earlybird69

    earlybird69 Out Of The Brooder

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    i dont think they can reach threw it, but when i was younger my mom had chicks in a raised coop with hardware cloth floor and raccoons grabbed their toes and pulled the chick's legs off. we had one that lived and grew up and had a long life but she only had one leg.
     
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Do you mean the pulled toes were sticking thru the wire and were pulled? How awful.
     
  4. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On this forum I read of small raccoons squeezing through 2x4" welded wire. So it seems to me odd that even a larger raccoon could not reach just a paw through a 1/2" opening. But based on my reading extensively through the BYC Predators/Pests forum, hardware cloth does appear to have a good track record of preventing reach-through attacks by raccoons. I will continue to rely on it for this purpose.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A small one might be able to put part of their hand thru a 1/2 x 1/2 opening, but not very far.
     
  6. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And BTW, hardware cloth is not all that expensive, at least so much as I thought. Just don't buy it at the local hardware or feed stores. They don't have very good size options and they are frightfully expensive.
    I just bought a 2'x100' roll of 1/2" hardware cloth on ebay for $80, including the free shipping.

    Hardware Cloth on ebay
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My local small town Ace Hardware ordered me in 1/2" x 4' x 100' for $115.
     
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    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? I wasn't aware you could get it locally that cheap. I may have to drive across the river to Wilsonville and check out their Ace hardware store.
     

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