Coop secure or not?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mswforu, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. mswforu

    mswforu Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    No chickens yet- just set up purchased coop that of course says predator proof. After reading so many predator related blogs, Maybe I'm over paranoid? Live in DFW area in Texas. We have seen coyotes, fox, opossums, Hawks, skunks, bobcats, owls, rats in area and running in front yard. With that said- my husband and I disagree on the security of the coop.
    He is putting the hardware material in the ground in the L shape around coop. I feel like it should go up the sides halfway. He doesn't feel it is necessary. I also feel like some. Netting over the top would be helpful.
    So- what do you all think after looking st the picture? I really don't want to take chances!!![​IMG]
     
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  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice coop. It neve r hurts to be cautious. Good luck
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome! I think your coop and run need both better predator proofing, and more coop ventilation. Hardware cloth over those wire walls, and hardware cloth covered windows and large vented openings. Also, latches that small children can't open, because raccoons are very good at latches. Think about rats, weasels, and 100 lb. hungry dogs, and build to suit. Mary
     
  4. mswforu

    mswforu Out Of The Brooder Premium Member

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    Thanks Mary! I agreee! Maybe my husband will too with some of this feedback!
     
  5. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. My gut feeling is that eventually something will get into that run-either by coming under it, knocking it over, or in through the gaps. Hard to say about the coop but I agree that you'll need more ventilation.
     
  6. mswforu

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    Ventilation: There is one vent in the back of coop and 2 side windows that had hard clear plastic on them - we did agree that we were going to put hardware cloth instead. That would be 3 openings for ventilation. We could put small one in front above coop door as well I suppose - do you think 3 is enough or put one on 4 th wall too?
     
  7. mswforu

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    What do I put over top? Do I need to cover the sides all the way up or is 5 feet up enough with hardware cloth?
    The run is my concern for predators. It is very heavy. Took 4 of us to lift it so don't think it could be lifted.
     
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  8. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were me I would cover the entire thing in hardware cloth although I'm unfamiliar with the best way to install it over a setup like you have-we had the benefit of being able to screw it into wood on our coop/run. I'm sure someone who has done something similar with chime in, however. Hardware cloth is a pain to work with and pricey but it does it's job. We have a ton of predators in our area and I scare critters off of our coop several times a week but we've never had a break in.

    Good luck!
     
  9. mswforu

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    So on hardware cloth- what gauge does it need to be?
     
  10. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if they sell it by gauge, we just bought the 1/4" spacing hardware cloth that you'll find at all of the home improvement stores, feed stores, etc.

    It's worth shopping around, pricing can vary. I think I may have bought our first roll on Amazon and the 2nd at a rural farm store.
     

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