Chicken tractor protection?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mt. Baker Quail, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do I need to put some chicken wire or wood around the base of my chicken tractor to keep out predators?

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  2. kareninthesun

    kareninthesun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends. If you are planning on moving the tractor around, it might be smarter to put wirecloth on the whole bottom to keep them from digging underneath. If you don't plan on moving it, wire around the perimater 12" deep on a slant is a must.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I would definitely put some apron wire around the outside.

    This is how I do mine:

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    It's important the wire have enough flexibility that it follows the contours of the ground so as not to lave a big gap underneath.
     
  4. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would I need to put some sort of weight on the wire or will it keep out predators as it is?
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Only if it's not following the lay of the ground very well. One thing though is make it wide enough. My experience thus far is it ought to be at least eighteen inches wide and two feet may be better.
     

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