Hardware Cloth on the sides and bottom of the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nuttyredhead, May 25, 2010.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    We are going to be using an old dog kennel for the run in our coop. My husband want us to dig down 2 feet and apron out the hardware cloth, so it will run 1-2 feet above the ground. I was thinking that attaching the hardware cloth right to the bottom of the kennel would work, running it right on top of the grass (in the run). It seems like a lot less work (im not opposed to work, but the amount of digging to be done is huge!) and if it is attached then nothing should be able to get in. (does this make sense??) Our Run will be 6 X 18.

    Any opinions on either way?

    Thanks!

    edited for grammer issues...need to stop posting questions at night when half asleep...lol...
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  2. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Bumping now that i fixed my grammer issues.....
     
  3. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would say compromise and go in the ground about 6" - 10" or do a 12"-24" skirt that comes out from the coop and lays on the ground (dig a couple inches and then lay the dirt back on top of wire) this will inprove the strength of the coop from predators. I prefer the thought of a skirt off the sides on the ground because its easier to do, only 1-3" of dirt shoveled, and it will quickly put an end to a dog or something wanting to try and dig.
     

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