Coop Safety

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by texmix, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. texmix

    texmix Out Of The Brooder

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    How deep should I go with my wire around the bottom of my coop? A little background - I built a 12' by 24' shed. The center 12 x 12 is a storage building it is decked and fully enclosed. Each 6x12 end is roofed, almost fully enclosed, save a 3/4 wall with wire two foot to the roof for ventilation. The entire building is almost at ground level (built on piers). I need to put wire around the bottom to keep the nasties out. I live in a suburban/country neighborhood outside the city limits. We rarely see a predator. How deep should i bury my wire to keep the occasional predator out. I was guessing 8 to 10 inches would do. What say the experts.
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    instead of taking all that time to dig...just do a wire "Apron"/"skirting" around it on the ground...
     
  3. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No expert, but we did just put wire up today per advice we've read here. We didn't bury it, merely got both 2 and 3 foot 19 g 1/2 inch hardware cloth around building (varies in height because we are hilly here we didn't double layer or anything). We attached to 2"x8" that serves as base of building that is elevated due to our hills, then gently bent hardware clothe so between 12 and 18" is flat on grass. Was told grass will grow through will be able to mow over eventually and critters don't like to dig farther away from building than that. Will hit hardware clothe with paws when trying dig closer to get under fence. We secured hardware cloth to a new 2x4 treated wood close to ground attached to posts that elevate building so has wood holding on building and at 90 degree angle. Am told that will work well, be sure to secure with screw/washers to keep strong critter from pulling cloth away from building.
     
  4. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Quote:Yes is what I am talking about when I say "apron" or "skirting"...thank you for going into detail,,,,i was to tired to type..lol
     
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The ladies nailed it! No need to dig up the yard to bury wire and preloosen the dirt for the digger plus you don't have to worry about the wire rusting and having to try to dig it up if you change your layout or expand
     
  6. texmix

    texmix Out Of The Brooder

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    Great! I wasnÂ’t looking forward to all that digging. Thanks for the help.
     

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