Chicken run predator proof

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Raisingpeeps, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Raisingpeeps

    Raisingpeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    We are building a coop and run for our new chickens. I have read up on predator proofing the coop and I am feeling that it will be very secure. The run itself is set in a concrete foundation (old greenhouse foundation) and we have the hardware mesh for the bottom 4 feet of the fencing.

    Our dilemma is the top of the run. We have coons, possums, owls, and Hawks all in our area. We plan on putting the girls in the coop every night but I still worry about dawn and dusk times when coons are very active. The run is large- about 15x20. Any advice on what type of material we would use for the top f the run? Thank you ;)
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I would use an electrified perimeter of some sort. Properly positioned it will stop all but the smallest mammalian predators. Owls can be beat mostly by timing of flock release into coop. With respect to hawks in such tight confines, an adult standard size rooster can be very helpful. If you have something like a silky, bantam or Polish; then keep those in a coop.
     
  3. Raisingpeeps

    Raisingpeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I like the idea of the electrified fencing. No roosters for us though as we live in town :(. I was thinking about this ... MAT 308243B 36" x 100' ft 1/2" mesh , 19 gauge Galvanized Hardware Cloth Fencing for the top of the run. The run will be butted up against the garage and I am afraid something could access the top of the run via the garage roof.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Foxes and coyotes also hunt in the day time around here. Electric wire on your fencing will keep them from climbing the fence to get in.
     
  5. Raisingpeeps

    Raisingpeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    No coyotes as we live in town but I bet we have a few foxes.... Does the electric wire go around the top of the fencing?
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Don't bet on it. When my son was going to college in St. Paul, MN, he saw a coyote crossing a major 4 lane highway one night. The best way to find out what wildlife lives in your area is to get chickens.
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Coyotes have adapted to suburbia so well that suburban coyotes are actually larger than their country cousins.
     
  8. Raisingpeeps

    Raisingpeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Yikes- We have a German Shepherd that takes care of possums and raccoons whenever she can find them and we have an eight foot fence around the yard. It seems overwhelming trying to keep the ladies safe- makes me want to just keep them in the house!
     

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