Flimsy run with a secure henhouse?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kidmoab, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. kidmoab

    kidmoab In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    Davis Ca
    I've seen some wimpy fences around some of the runs around my house. I know that it's easier to build a fence just to keep the girls in and fortify the henhouse for security after dark. That's what I've done any way. We have some huge (bigger than my dog) raccoons that live in the storm drains on my block, but I only see them at night in the winter.

    Any way: any one got $.02?
  2. SSO202

    SSO202 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    I wouldn't be so sure you will only see them at night if you have hens in your yard. In theory they would only be out at night, but one never knows. The henhouse must be secure either way. As far as your run goes predators come in all shapes and sizes, during night and day, during winter and summer. You should build your run as secure as possible if you are worried about losing birds. I built mine super secure so it would take a big bear to get into it. I will not lose a bird to some stupid racoon. The other thing to consider is what if you are not home to lock them inside right at dark. Good Luck!
  3. Capt. Crusoe

    Capt. Crusoe In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2007
    McHenry County, IL
    Those are some mighty healthy coon you have there and they must be eating well! I initially live-trapped to eliminate the problem. I then installed an electric fence around the perimeter of my run and coop. I have not lost a bird since doing so - prior to that I had lost eight birds. (Six in one night!) I ran three strands spaced at 5-inch intervals. I'm not sure if they (the predators) hear the pulse of the fence and stay away or if they tried their luck and had a shocking revelation and or awakening, bringing about the realization that this is not the pen to mess with? Either way - I have eliminated the problem. I purchased all the material at our local farm supply. (Blaine’s Farm & Fleet) I had never had an electric fence prior to this and told the sales clerk my problem. – She showed me everything I needed to purchase to secure my feathered friends. Maintenance - I do have to trim under the fencing to keep the grass from grounding, which would decrease the punch but only once a month or so – and that is spot trimming at best.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:Okay first lets put this in laymans terms, is you dog a chewowa, in which case that is not so big, a Lab, which means thats one big coom, or a great dane in which case I think you have a bear living in your storm drain. [​IMG]
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    If I knew without a doubt that there were coon's living in my storm drain down the street, I think I would have to say that the run would get an immediate upgrade! You are just asking for trouble if you leave an opportunity like that wide open to them. Sooner or later they will pay you a visit and unfortunately it won't be nice. My advice is do it now so you don't loose birds later!
  6. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    Quote:My $.02 is you need a bigger dog. [​IMG]
  7. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    I think you need to give the coons lead poisoning and fix the run just in case you miss one.
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I think the security of the run is just as important as the coop. There are predators out during the day and a flimsy fence is no deterrent to a stray dog, cats, hungry raccoons (which will come out in daytime) and human predators.

    I would not risk having the run unsecured from predators. Right now I am outside with my girls when they are in the run because I do not have it covered yet...which means they are open to hawks, eagles, cats and climbers.

    Secure the run too. Just my 2 cents worth.
  9. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    I don't live far out in the country and we have racoons, bears, birds of prey, a lot of cats, etc... I am making my coop super-secure but my run mostly just kees chickens in and cats/dogs/birds out - but not secure against digging or persistant predators. I focused my energies and money on the coop itself because most of the predators I worry about are nocturnal.
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have tried to make all my runs and pens as secure as the coops. There are a lot of predators out and about during the day too, it's not just at night.

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