Cement to reinforce my coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by City Coop, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. City Coop

    City Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved into an amazing house that came with a chicken coop last year. We had a few chickens, but lost them from a raccoon attack. The enclosed run is built along the fence on two sides. One clever raccoon dung under the fence. The two other sides have deep fencing. One of my roommates suggested to dig a trench around the fence and pour cement. Has anyone tried this? Sound like a good idea?

    I have some wire to put up a skirt on the fence, but also have a fair amount of cement readily available.
     
  2. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't done it, but I know it can be a solution to your problem.
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    It would work but would probably be a more expensive and labor intensive solution than digging a trench and attaching a foot or so of hardware cloth to bottom of fence with tacks then filling in trench.
     
  4. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would add 2 feet of welded wire skirt. One foot is not very deep.
     
  5. City Coop

    City Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys! I have about a month before my chicks arrive to get it done. :)
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    There's no point in digging when an apron of wire on or near the surface will accomplish the same thing with a LOT less effort.

    Just lay it on the ground, and cover with enough dirt so the grass can grow up through it to anchor it in place
     
  7. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    u dont have to bury it. it will rust anyway......attach to bottom and lay it out 18-24 inches on the ground. Stops diggers and they are no wise enough to back up to dig. they want to dig at the fence
     
  8. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i also lost my flock to coons....... i dug a trench down about a ft. put 1/2 inch wire fencing in the trench and poured cement... didn't cost much, i think 4 or 5 bags... the fencing is expensive......... good luck..
     

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