Does gravel or larger rocks prevent predators from digging?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickInDelight, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Only large rocks stops digging.

    1 vote(s)
  2. Gravel stops digging.

    0 vote(s)
  3. Must go deeper than 4" to stop digging.

    0 vote(s)
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  1. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    My (in-progress) duck house stands in a high traffic area, and I plan to put solar lights around it. If I put some gravel down a few inches in front of the walls, will that stop foxes and coons from digging under the walls?

    What about larger rocks?

    So far, no predator has dared enter my back yard that is only chicken-wired. I believe this is because of the lights and noise and people entering at all hours of the night. Mr. Fox did take one of my Pekins home to supper when the drake was left outside the gate.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011

  2. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

    May 23, 2011
    We put a wire skirt around the chickens' yard, staked it down and covered it with gravel. No one has penetrated it despite the fact that we have racoons here.
  3. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    OOoohhhh. So a skirt lays on the ground. I thought I had to dig into the ground to install the wire. Thanks!!
  4. Ole and Lena

    Ole and Lena Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Wright Co Minnesota
    The poll is to precise with "stop digging." Nothing except concrete will stop digging. I have found that trap rock (railroad ballast) backfilled with clay a few inches in a layer will definately discourage digging. My dog gives up after a few scratches and he likes to dig.

  5. The gravel I have seems to make it waayyy to easy for rodents to dig, but seems to thwart the bigger preds. Go figure. lol
  6. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY
    Quote:Exactly what we did. Does help.

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