Can Racoons or opossums bite through chicken wire???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Billy7871, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    I have seen people use dog wire instead or chicken wire for the fence of choice. I went with chicken wire because its about a third the price. But I was wondering if any one has ever had something bite though chicken wire. What do you use on your pen?
  2. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    I have not but I have heard raccoons can.
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Yes, they can. My pen has part wood fence, one side chicken wire, another side 2x3 wire, and the fourth side is the barnside. Ya, its been repaired over and over again throughout the years. time to build a new one!
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Coons are quite capable of shredding chicken wire with teeth and claw. Don't depend on chicken wire alone, add a hot wire. I have a wire 6" off the ground, then going up each post, and finally at 36".
  5. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008

    Such a bummer, because the 1/4 inch hardware cloth is so expensive.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2009
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

  7. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Someone on here said that chicken wire is meant to keep chickens IN, not to keep predators OUT. The hardware cloth is definitely expensive, but well worth it in the long run IMHO.
  8. Gercarson

    Gercarson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    Chicken wire IS to keep the chickens in - will not keep anything - or anything that wants to get in - out. I have just put up welded wire and am still concerned.[​IMG]
  9. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    I used welded wire my dad had leftover after a project, works fine for me its expensive for a whole roll I think $100 but the roll is pretty big.
  10. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Here is what coons did to my runs:



    My chickens can peek their heads through.

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2009

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