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chicken wire for apron around the ground

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hilltopeggs, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. hilltopeggs

    hilltopeggs New Egg

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    my new pen i used 1/2in 19 guage hardware cloth on all walls and roof

    but i bought 1 inch chicken wire to go on ground for the apron for prdators

    is chicken wire doable for the apron to deter digging?
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    From what I have read here on BYC chicken wire is effective at keeping chickens enclosed but not so good at keeping predators out. I guess you could try it and see what happens?

    Good luck

    Ct
     
  3. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    It might work, but I'd fold the wire over to double it and lay large rocks on top so that they cover the wire.
     
  4. Hermit House

    Hermit House Out Of The Brooder

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    We have foxes and so I use metal fabric (welded wire mesh). The holes are 1cm x 2cm (a little less than 3/8th" x 3/4th"). Anything much larger and you can get rodents and other critters passing through. For larger predators the traditional chicken wire is just too easy to bite through or otherwise defeat. The only place we've used it is in the overhead section of the run. I may be overdoing it, but I mount the mesh on the outside of the structure with a deep overlap on the frame (to make it harder to push through the gap) and use a staple on every wire. We lost 10 of 12 of our first flock to a fox and the level of strength, determination, and imagination it had to use to get to them was impressive - if distressing. I reckon extra staples are a small cost compared to having to put down an injured friend.

    Rather than bury the mesh or play an apron, I've gone with a fully wired base, again, mesh on the outside. With the wood chips and litter they never see the wire.
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    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Agrees..... double it and bury it a few inches, rocks or pavers wouldn't hurt either.
     
  6. hilltopeggs

    hilltopeggs New Egg

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    I bought the hardware cloth thanks all
     

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