Coop and run materials

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chumlord, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. Chumlord

    Chumlord Hatching

    Sep 11, 2013
    Starting construction on coop and run this weekend I am contemplating using hardware cloth with 1/2" x 1/2" openings 19 gauge and pressure treated lumber. Any issues or tips???

    I understan I will need to bury ... What ... 12" of the hardware cloth to prevent critters from digging into run ...

    Thanks Lou

    Basic design will be like this: 5' x 20' footprint for 4 hens ...
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I suggest you look at this thread discussing buried or apron

    Apron is much easier and more effective.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    You can lay the hardware cloth on the ground extending out 24" from the fence of the run to prevent digging by predators. It does not need to be buried. If it lies on the ground, you can throw a little soil on it to hold it down. After a while, the grass and soil will work its way around the wire mesh to keep it in place.


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