Coop skirt suggestions: what did you use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by daxigait, May 9, 2016.

  1. daxigait

    daxigait Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 10, 2015
    SW Missouri
    What do you use other than hardware cloth for the two foot dig barrier as skirting where you can't dig 18" or want to be able at some point to move the coop? This picture is from early in the construction, but is all I have.
    It now has a roof and hardware cloth on the sides.
    Last edited: May 9, 2016
  2. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2015
    Western Mass
    I used cinder blocks but my coop is stationary.[​IMG]
  3. daxigait

    daxigait Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 10, 2015
    SW Missouri
    On my stationary one I burried hardware cloth using a rock bar and other tools and it took all day because we have rock not soil along the side that is against the barn and then old chainlink fence covered with compaction rock on the other. I can't did like that again for this coop and I want to be able to move it if I need to so I am getting suggestions.
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I use 2x4 welded wire 14 gauge. Easily available at box stores like Lowe's for $37 for 4'x50' roll. That goes around perimeter then lengths of it are cut in half for 18-24 inch dig proof apron. That apron is laid on ground and staked in place or put just under the sod horizontally. From just under wall outward. Animals when digging will dig at fence line, hit wire and being 14 ga. can't chew through it so move to side and try again at the fence wall. They don't back up so 18 to 24 inches is wide enough to fool a large digging animal like dog or coyote.

    2x4 inch squares wont stop weasels but then neither will 1" square. Lock the coop at night, every night and the birds are good. No other land predator can get in other than climbing.

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