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Experiences with predators going through wood walls.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Manhen, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Manhen

    Manhen Chirping

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    I have a large coop under construction in an old barn. The siding could be better, when a predator goes through such a wall, what is the most challenging wall that a common varmint has overcome in your observations/experiences? I am not worried about bears. :)
     
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  2. cmom

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    :welcome :frow Did a predator go through a wood wall. Some of my coops are made of wood. I guess it's knock on wood that nothing except rats have chewed through the wood. Problem was solved here. Do you have some pictures you can post?
     
  3. Manhen

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    It is pine barn siding, this wall is about 40 years old. There are a few gaps/chinks. About 1/4 inch at the most. I can nail some down, but I wonder about the interior wall. It is 80 years old...
     
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    It's great to not have bears, I agree on that.
    Rats chewed through a corner of my coop, and then inside, through particle board, and killed some nice pullets.
    Those little gaps could encourage a critter to chew and enlarge them, and if the wood is weakening, a raccoon could pull it apart.
    It's wonderful to have a really nice building to develop! Love it!
    Does it have a concrete foundation? That would be nice too. Otherwise, an apron or something to prevent digging.
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    The concrete is crumbling, but there. It was mixed by hand and it's due for restoration. I have CAR siding for patches, and 1 X 2 inch welded wire fenc, but it is too much wall to be cost effective. The welded wire would make it harder to clean behind it. I can add some oak sills layered on top of the ones there so I can screw down the siding better. The ends of the stall will have predator proof fence with a skirt.
     
  7. TwistedSteel

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    I have never had to do it but I think hardware cloth attached to all exterior walls would give a predator the most trouble. Of course electric wire would be another option.
     
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    We added new siding on top of the old, so have two layers of wood, and it's safer. We used that ugly T-111 siding, which was practical at the time.
    That welded wire will discourage raccoons, but not rats.
    Cover one wall at a time, if you have to do it piecemeal. Find wood on craigslist, or the Habitat Restore?
    Mary
     
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    Even the interior wall is exterior, the barn has one row of stalls converted for parking stuff, my sister has one of the support poles for her mantle. :) Hardware cloth is a pretty expensive option. The center row of stalls (there were three) has some siding in it, I intend to use it to cover the holes. My skirting is 1" welded wire fencing, and the coop wall/fence's first foot or so will be 1/2" hardware cloth, with 1X2 welded wire to the roof, which is galvanized steel. The walls are oak frame with CAR siding (tongue and groove 3/4" pine). I will need some hardware cloth or poultry netting to keep the birds off of the foundation edge, and at the top for the same reason. I think I can keep 100 comfortably in the one third pictured above, hopefully I can keep 3 roosters in the mix. Off to put up coop walls...
     
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    Any openings larger than 1/2" diameter will allow access to rats and weasels, who will arrive sometime. Consider a very safe coop, with a less secure run area. The better built now, the fewer disasters and rebuilds. Been there, done that.
    Mary
     
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