Chicken wire OK if chickens locked in coop at night?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by becstalls, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. becstalls

    becstalls In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    I know chicken wire is useless, but is it OK to use if the chickens are kept in the coop at night? We Definitely have predators here, so I was never planning on leaving them outside at night anyways. The only reason we're having a run is b/c we can't let them free-range where we are, and b/c we want to keep hawks out (wire will be over top). The only diurnal possible predator that I know we have are groundhogs, but they're mostly herbaceous and have my garden to eat. I don't think they'd go after chickens.
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    we just have chicken wire around our run.
    we did run hardwire cloth on the bottom and buried etc.
    we lock up our chickens at night, so far its been over a year, no problems,
    just please dont forget to lock yours up!!!! and count heads [​IMG]

    good luck
  3. Sure, as long as all predators always sleep during the day! What about stray dogs? Coons? (They may be more active at night, but they also roam during the day)...Odds are, you'll be fine - as long as you don't mind playing the odds.
  4. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    I think you're good if they're locked up good at night. Many free range their chickens all day so chicken wire during the day is sufficient I think if you know there's always a chance....but that's true for anyone.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I would at least use something like a welded wire, with 2x4 openings on the bottom, to keep out dogs. It's a stronger wire. Dogs have gone through chicken wire and there are plenty of stories and a few pictures on the forum, if you want to do a search. Layer it with the chicken wire, so the chickens can't poke their heads out and get decapitated. That's happened, too. Or raccoons or hawks have reached through, to kill.

    People rarely see the predators in their areas, when there is no prey available. After the food moves in, they eventually show up.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    As someone else said, some folks free range all day. Chicken wire is certainly not the best choice for a run, but if it's what you have to use, and you're aware of the risks involved with it not being very predator proof (dogs will be your primary day time predator), then so be it. Closing them in every night will help. So if you had to go away for a weekend or on a vacation, you would have someone to come over to close them in at night and let them out in the morning? Just something to think about... Many use chicken wire just fine. But pretty much every day on this site, you read of at least one person who lost chickens to predators who were able to get through chicken wire. So it is a gamble. I hope you're one of the lucky ones!
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I sure wouldn't do it.

    One of the commonest, and by far the most destructive and likely-to-kill-whole-flock, daytime predators is the Loose Dog. CHickenwire will not keep a dog out.

    Just sayin',

  8. karl E lutz

    karl E lutz Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    I have a brooder that I keep in the barn and i have had a boar coon pulling the chicks through the chicken wire one piece at a time. I have had them pull hens through 1 x 2 wire a piece at a time. fabric is the only bullet proof wire but a connabear and a rifle are good remedies for preds.
  9. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    we use welded wire also, a coon or fox or dog, or coyote can get through chicken wire, they will come out during the day if they find a good food source.
  10. I used recycled chicken wire OVER my welded wire but only to keep my chicken's from pocking their head's out of the pen. Remember cat's, dog's, and many more predators can and will break into a pen that has nothing more than chicken wire to keep them out. Free range chickens at least can run away and hopefully hide, while a penned flock is trapped. If you trap them trap them in a secure pen. You will save yourself worry and know they are safe! I built my entire coop/pen with donated materials from CL and spent 50 bucks on the entire thing!

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