dig-proof "skirt" material

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
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Benton (Saline County) AR
When you're making a dig-under-prevention "skirt" -- like people make hardware cloth in a L shape at the base of the run

Is there any reason that *has* to be made of hardware cloth?? Regular fence, such as welded wire would prevent a raccoon from digging in, right? Who cares if his paws will reach through the holes so long as he can't squeeze his body through - me thinks.

Reason I ask is because hardware cloth is pricy and I would have to buy it new, while I already have a bunch of welded wire fence that I got on the cheap.
 

Tala

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 14, 2009
6,372
47
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Benton (Saline County) AR
Thanks!

I figured it would work, but since I've never actually had a raccoon dig under I was afraid I might be missing something.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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Yup, anything smaller than 4x4 (as long as it is heavy gauge and galvanized) is fine. Honestly I don't use hardwarecloth for run fencing either, mine is all either 1x1 heavy gauge mesh, or 2x4 or chainlink that has something finer run along the inside on the bottom 2-3'.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

bigoakhunter

Songster
10 Years
Jul 29, 2009
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Michigan
i used 1x2 welded wire fence on run around bottom, out 18 inches. I also had a couple of old square grill grates and oven grates
 

joebryant

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
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SW of Greenwood, INDIANA
My run is all 1/2 hardware cloth. It goes down one foot below ground level. At ground level outside the run, I have 2x4 farm fencing going out three feet and covered with dirt.
 

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