Hardware cloth on bottom of run?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mper, May 26, 2017.

  1. mper

    mper Chirping

    Apr 22, 2017
    I have 5 'teenagers' I think they would be called. I think they're seven weeks old. Anyways, my set up for them is a tractor with roosts and nesting box that were moving around the yard each morning, and they're still sleeping at night in their brooder in the garage.

    We have seen dogs, feral cats, racoons, and possums in our yard. So I'm trying to protect from these predators.

    Im thinking the top and sides are pretty safe, it's the bottom, or something digging underneath that could pose a problem.

    Should we hardware cloth the underside? Is that good for the chickens to be walking on that?

    Should I just have a hardware cloth 'base' of sorts where we park the tractor each night?

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Could you run a hot wire around it?
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    If the critters cannot get to be under the hardware cloth and in contact with chickens through it you should be OK. Critters cam chew through hardware cloth but I have seen it only when they actually touch target through the wire. Hotwire approach above is effective a keeping most critters from even challenging the structure.

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