Hardware Cloth Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by old okies, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. old okies

    old okies Hatching

    Sep 17, 2008
    We are new members who are trying to complete house and run. Our property (40 acres), has coyote, coon, bobcat and cougar, you get the picture! We have the frames built for the run and bought hardware cloth. Our question is; what is the spacing for nailing in the steeples? We want to insure the predators can't get in between gaps! We will also bury wire. Help would be appreciated!
  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    MHO is nail them so many that NOTHING can get in, prevention is better than reloading the coop.
  3. SSO202

    SSO202 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    Nail in the staples every couple of inches and then use wood trim pieces and screw them on top of the wood, staples and hardware cloth. I hope that make sense. You have the frame, then hardward cloth stapled to it, then on top of both those of those use something like 1"x4" or 1"x2" trim pieces on top of that to secure it even more. You are correct to bury wire and anything else to deter the predators. I would use more than one layer of wire as well. Good Luck and Welcome to BYC!!
  4. geckomama

    geckomama Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    We covered ours with trim board as well.....the dang coons can get through almost anything! Good luck and welcome to BYC.....I am new too!
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    The other thing you can do is add wood screws with a washer every so often, to add more security. Either that or the wood trim screwed in is good. Wood screws can't be pulled out, like nails and staples can.

    It sounds like you're going to have a really nice run!
  6. My husband just stapled the hardware cloth to the inside of the frame every few inches, and used triangular gussets in the corners (you can see it inside the frame in the photo below)


    We didn't bother to add another piece of trim on the inside, and its been competlely sturdy and safe.

    We live in the suburbs though, and while do have racoons, the only bobcats and courgars we see are HS football teams.

  7. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I find that wood screws with 1 inch diameter washers spaced about a foot apart works great with staples filling in the gaps.
  8. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I assume we're talking fence staples. That's what I use. I put as many as the wood will hold. I find that Home Depot's pitiful excuse for lumber splits far too easily. If the wood has too many splits in it, all the staples and screws in the world won't hold it together.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008
  9. old okies

    old okies Hatching

    Sep 17, 2008
    Thanks for all the advice, this site is great! My husband now thinks he might use some metal strips over wood strips to screw in. Will let you know.
  10. bills

    bills Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    vancouver island
    Sounds like old okies has it worse then many of us, as far as predators go! :eek:

    Sounds like a good guard dog might be another defense you could use.[​IMG]

    My biggest fear is black bears coming around. I'm sure they could do a lot of damage, even with the secure measures I have taken.

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