Chicken run fencing?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kadota48, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. kadota48

    kadota48 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2013
    Hi, im finishing up the inside of my chicken coop and the run, and i wanted to know what the best type of fencing is for the run?
    I have owls and other meat eating animals around my house and i heard some of them can rip threw regular chicken wire.
    Any suggestions?
  2. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2012
    Camarillo, CA
    We went with 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth. I was more worried about a raccoon reaching through chicken wire and pulling the chicken apart. It happened to a friend.
  3. kadota48

    kadota48 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2013
    Really? it reached threw the fence?
    Thats crazyy...
  4. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2013
    Benton, KY
    Yeah, raccoons are crafty little boogers. I use to have a rabbitry and had one get to some of my babies through rabbit cage wire!
  5. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2012
    kadota48-Here is a picture from our game camera. This raccoon visits our backyard nightly. Our chickens are lock up safe in their coop. We always use 1/2" hardware cloth.
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    What you need to use on the run depends a lot on how secure your coop is at night and what daytime predators you have. My birds are locked up very securely at night so my run is made of chainlink dog kennel panels with a shade cloth cover to deter hawks which are my only daytime predator. This works fine for me and was much less expensive then doing the whole run in hardware cloth.
  7. kadota48

    kadota48 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2013
    hi guys, i havent been on her in a long time due to school and my part time job keeping me busy day and night.
    I have been adding on to the chicken run attached to the coop and i have put chain link around it.
    Here in Tennessee there are some chicken hawks that like flying around checking out what they can snatch real quick. And like i said in my first post, ive heard the some predators can rip threw chicken wire..what would be a good idea to keep large birds out?
    Also, would it be a good idea to put wire mesh around the bottom of the chain link to prevent snakes or other animals that could fit threw those holes from getting in?

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