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  1. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    I have a design for my 30x14 foot run with a gambrell type roof, the sides are 4 ft high.

    the idea is to have the vertical 4ft covered with hardware cloth and have a 2 ft apron around the perimeter. To save on weight and money I thought to put chickenwire over top the gambrell roof, but I am not sure if raccoons, who could easily climb up on the roof, could tear this apart to get access. Should I put 1x3 welded wire on top?

    Here's a pic of the sketchup drawing that I made.


    The coop and run sit in a wooded area with branches hanging over the area. Critters can easily climb up and over and drop in. Would chickenwire hold up to that kind of abuse?

    My thinking was also maybe using the 1x3 welded wire since it doesn't matter if raccoons can stick their hands through it, if the chickens are on the ground they cannot reach them.

    Your advice would be appreciated.

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Chicken wire won't keep anything out (other than birds) that really wants to get in
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Will they be shut up in the coop at night? If so, chicken wire over the top might be fine. I believe, from what I've read, that the issue with raccoons and chicken wire is that they can stick their hands through and grab the chicken, not tear the wire apart. I'm sure I will be corrected if wrong [​IMG]
  4. mons02035

    mons02035 Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    Carmel, Maine
    x2 with Yay Chicks. If you put them in the coop at night, chicken wire is fine. Most of the Chickens threats are at night. Not all but most.....
  5. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    Yes, they will be in the coop at night. I guess I'll try and if it becomes a problem I can always put something over it.

    Thanks for the input!
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    I used snow/construction fence over the top of mine.You know that orange fence they put around holes in the ground or a freshly seeded ball field.Looking at your coop design I am thinking your familiar with construction. The stuff is tough as nails,had a hard time cutting it with a razor knife, and yet easy to work with. I anchored mine with zip ties but you can use staples.The best part is you can get it pulled real tight,like a trampoline. Wire can be a pain to work with,chicken wire is useless and garden wire is expensive and hard to deal with by yourself. Plastic deer fence is similar and cheaper but gets brittle from the weather,more so the sun. The fencing I got was used and had been sitting around a while and is good as the day it was opened. I also use it as a movable free range area,its stapled to 5ft grade stakes and every four days I rearrange it to a new area so the grass can regrow.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2011
  7. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    Thanks, I'll check that out. I know what product you mean, although I don't know a lot about construction. I drew just using my common sense, lol. We'll see how well it goes when I have to carry it out and all those angles aren't quite what I thought they were.

  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would go with the 1x3 welded wire on the 'roof.' (By the way, even without trees to drop from, raccoons will climb like monkeys right up the hardware cloth walls...lol) It will just make YOU feel tons better for one thing. If you have to go somewhere overnight or for the weekend and HAVE to leave the pop door open, or you get home really late from a dinner out (that's more for winter time when it gets dark at 6PM)...it's just nice feeling confident that nothing has torn through your wire. Also, a sturdier wire screwed or nailed into place will actually help support those free standing (at least according to your sketch) rafters. And it should hold up to sagging better (when critters do crawl over it) than chicken wire. The only thing I'll use chicken wire for is to keep my birds out of my garden...
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    I agree with Bear Foot, all chicken wire does is keep the chickens from getting away from the coon when he rips in. The same thing goes for any of the other non-wire fence materials. Go with real wire and be happy when you see coon and fox tracks around your coop full of happy chickens.

    How about using plywood on the top flat of the roof, will give you shade as well as snow / rain protection and save some $ in not having to fence it in?
  10. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I used to believe the only thing chicken wire was good for was keeping chickens in. That was before I had two birds break out and kill one chick and injure two more in two separate incidents. (The wire was pushed in until it broke under the staples.) My opinion now....chicken wire is good for nothing. [​IMG]

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