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Can raccoons get through 1" by 1/2" hardware cloth flooring?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Scooter&Suzie, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently have some 1 1/2 week old coturnix quail in a rabbit hutch. The bottom is 1" by 1/2" hardware cloth. The quail's legs can definitely fit through if tugged, so, question, will a raccoon be able to reach in and pull off the legs?

    The hutch has a secure area in it (wood on the sides, and a solid flooring area (made with cardboard and the smoother side of old shingles - I was inventive) with pine shavings that I lock them into at night, so currently the are safe. I'd just like to get to the point where I can house the quail completely on wire.
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft Previously RavynFallen Premium Member

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    I think they can reach in a 1" gap, but not totally sure... definitely they could put their fingers through and trap a foot to tug on... if you have that bad of a coon issue in your area I would suggest either replacing the bottom with 1/4" hardware cloth or attach panels around the legs of the hutch to enclose the entire lower section under the wire flooring... you can make the panels removable for easy cleaning... just a thought... :)
     
  3. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I have some 1/2" by 1/2" hardware cloth. I've heard that is what people like to use for coturnix so thst their droppings go right through. That should work, right?
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A raccoon can reach up and pull toes and legs through the wire. Nasty!!! Use a solid floor, and generally make things very secure. Mary
     
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    If you can reach a few fingers in, a racoon can get a whole arm in.
     
  7. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I'll be putting something else under it! I have to wonder if all the other people who use wire have a problem.
     
  8. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Hokum Coco

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    My personal assumption is I think it would be safe to use
     
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  10. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rats and coons will bite feet and toes off through any wire. Use hardware cloth for sides and solid bottom.
     
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