Help a raccoon broke in.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Ogdenfarms22, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How did this happen?! They have been out there for 2 weeks and this happens last night?! They took one hen, my only BO hen about 8 weeks old. I'm very upset.

    I'm thinking of putting 2 boards on the bottom of the pen and then adding a heavy duty wire to the outside of the boards. So itll be heavy duty wire outside, boards in the middle, and chicken wire inside. Does this sound like enough!

    Any advice welcomed!!
     
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  2. Chrysostomist

    Chrysostomist Out Of The Brooder

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    New to chickens here and haven't built a coop before, but I was wondering how is that chicken wire secured to the wood frame?
     
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  3. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, was it just stapled on? Chicken wire is not predator proof regardless of how it is attached, though. It's just meant to contain chickens, not protect them.
     
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  4. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newbie here didnt know that!! It was utility stapled on. Every single one was stapled. Some had multiple staples. Dang it here I thought that they were in fort knox. :(
    Do you think my idea with the boards and thicker wire outside will be sufficient.
     
  5. mcstewartchick

    mcstewartchick Just Hatched

    I'm sorry you lost one, that's terrible. A friend of mine who has had chickens for years told me that once the raccoon gets in, he will keep coming back. I'd lock your chickens in the coop or move them temporarily until you can get the run more secure. I've always seen hardware cloth used, and not chicken wire. It's stronger and more secure. Good luck!
     
  6. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is hardware cloth good enough or should I step it up further from that even?
     
  7. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Hardware cloth attached with screws and washers every 12-18" and you can use staples in between them should work okay. I also recommend adding a skirt around if you have digging predators such as foxes around. I don't know if raccoons are inclined to dig but I know they are persistent. I would also set a trap, because that one will be back for round two of the buffet.
     
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  8. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At the store picking up hardware cloth and screws with washer heads. Adding boards to the bottom also. Its a metal shed tuened coop so only the frpnt is accessible. The trap is already set!
    Im also adding a motion light at the coop door. Thanks for your help
     
  9. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    No problem. Keep us posted or let us know if you have any other problems.
     
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  10. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my updated security with the hardcloth and washer screws! So double wire and a new motion sensor light and a trap set!!
     
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