Doubled chicken wire?

ChickenPox

Songster
8 Years
Feb 2, 2011
763
35
148
Middle GA
Would doubling chicken wire be enough to keep climbing predators out? I"m not so worried about digging ones, as the bottom of the coop/run is pretty well reinforced because we have neighborhood dogs and I didn't want to take any chances. Most of the top of the run is covered by either chain link or cattle pannel with a single layer of chicken wire over it. I'm not too worried about the chain link part, as those are sturdy and small. But there is a "gap" of about 2 feet between the chain link and cattle pannel where we just have a layer of chicken wire. Can coons or possums tear through chicken wire? Would doubling it over that 2 feet section help? Our dogs stay in mostly at night but are sometimes out, and the neighbor has a dog on a lead close to the coop, so I figure that will help. Plus, whatever predator would have to be pretty smart/determined to find the 2 foot gap over the 35 feet......but I know it's possible. I know that harware cloth is best, but for the distance it would have to run, I would probably have to take a loan out to get it. LOL! TIA for the advice!
 

iwiw60

Crowing
5 Years
Jan 27, 2014
5,291
671
336
Central Oregon
Personally, I wouldn't use chicken wire. By the time you double it up you'll have almost spent as much as a single run of 1/2" hardware cloth....THAT will keep 'em out! Best of luck!
 

ChickenPox

Songster
8 Years
Feb 2, 2011
763
35
148
Middle GA
Ok, so I will probably cave and get the hardware cloth. Sigh.....these birds! LOL! So how small of a gauge is small enough to keep most predators out? I have horse wire fencing that has small guaged holes (about 2x4 inches.) Maybe baby coons or possums could get in, but could the babies kill a full grown bird? I don't think we have problems with weasels in our area. I'm trying to use what I already have vs. buying more. $$ and all......
 

iwiw60

Crowing
5 Years
Jan 27, 2014
5,291
671
336
Central Oregon
Ok, so I will probably cave and get the hardware cloth. Sigh.....these birds! LOL! So how small of a gauge is small enough to keep most predators out? I have horse wire fencing that has small guaged holes (about 2x4 inches.) Maybe baby coons or possums could get in, but could the babies kill a full grown bird? I don't think we have problems with weasels in our area. I'm trying to use what I already have vs. buying more. $$ and all......
I use 1/2" hardware cloth .. that's what it's known as. Hope this helps! :)
 

petrel

Chats with Chickens
Aug 4, 2013
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88
196
Spotsylvania, Virginia
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I used a combination of wire fencing and hardware cloth. The run consists of 2" x 4" fence wire with the lower three feet of the fence covered with an additional layer of 1/2" hardware cloth. All of the roof vents, soffit vents, and windows are covered with 1/4" hardware cloth.
 

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