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helpp!!!!!! with predators!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Alihbaloch, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Alihbaloch

    Alihbaloch Out Of The Brooder

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    Im kind Of scared reading all these posts about predators, ,,
    I live in neighbourhood, there is no woods around my house but there are some wood in my neighbourhood, i see rabbits al the time around my house, i have seen cats couple of cats couple times....
    My coop is 3 feet tall with both sides all plywood, and front and back with bottom 2 feet of plywood and top foot with chicken wire, bottom is plywood and roof is chicken wire with slanted roof,
    I was wondering what can i do to keep anything away from my coop, i will try to put pictures of cooop later, i was thinking of putting hardwire cloth on front and back or nite guard lights or motion sensor lights ,
    also i cover the coop with that tarp. but im still scared,
    im a highschool student so i want something cheap,
    I have 3 barred rocks, 4weeks olds
    help is appreciated
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  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would cover the ventilation spaces and window spaces with hardware cloth rather than chicken wire and make sure that the latch on the door is secure.

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  3. Alihbaloch

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    how do i attach the hardware cloth to wood? i used staple gun for chicken wire!
    i have latches screwed in 2 screws on each latch and at night i little key locks on them
     
  4. Alihbaloch

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  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can attach hardware cloth using washers and screws.

    I would imagine that the light would wake your chickens as well, but I have no experience using them as protection.

    Locking the latch is a good idea.
     
  6. Alihbaloch

    Alihbaloch Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks again for reply.
    okay i just got a surgery on my foot so in a week or two i will put the hardware cloth on.
    what kind of hardware cloth should i get?
    1/2 '?
     
  7. gardendufus

    gardendufus Chillin' With My Peeps

    My coop is a little larger than yours, but you should probably use 1/2" hardware cloth, attached with 'fender' washers and screws. The fender washers are large enough to hold the hardware cloth without risk of tearing. Here is a pic of my construction.[​IMG]
     
  8. Alihbaloch

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    Nice thanks for help everyone
    Since i already have chickenwire can i just put hardware cloth on top of it?
    What abt the top side, what can i do on top since i have roof screwed in and nailed in how can i put hardware cloth on top?
    Or any other suggestions.
     
  9. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    You can put the hardware cloth over the chicken wire; you can use 'poultry staples', those are U shaped nails, but use pliers to hold them as you start to nail them in our you'll smash your fingers. (how do I know that???)
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    The tarp just cuts down on ventilation, it won't slow down raccoons very much.
     
  10. Alihbaloch

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    What do you mean it wont slow coons down,
    What if i put hardware cloth, will it be racoon proof.
     

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