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Hoop coop: electrified wire or apron?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Soulpatch59, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Soulpatch59

    Soulpatch59 Chirping

    Mar 13, 2013
    Hi guys, finally ready to put together a hoop coop this weekend. It will be a run before winter and I get the permanent coop built.
    I'm wondering about predator proofing the base. (Hardware cloth over the cattle panels for the body). The example I am working from shows 1 electrified wire all around the base of this open bottomed coop.
    I understand the other option might be an apron; is that also made of hardware cloth?
    Should I enclose the bottom also? Is electric preferable to the apron? I know there are no guarantees in life, but I want to make it as safe as I can possibly do.
    I want to be able to move the thing every few days or so because actual free ranging isn't an option for tiny Nankins starting out!
    I'm in NC, so I know we have coons, martens, hawks, coyotes, loose dogs and cats. I have a couple of (shiftless!) donkeys, and I intend to out the whole pen inside the paddock perimeter. Supposedly that fence is electrified but it's never worked right.
    Thanks for any and all ideas.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2016

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If possible I would go with the electric fencing. An apron might very well work, but predators will give it a try running around the pen and scaring the birds. One 'zap' from the electric and they should be educated. A combination of both would be even better.
  3. Soulpatch59

    Soulpatch59 Chirping

    Mar 13, 2013
    You're right, sourland, it makes sense to do both. Don't know I was approaching it as either/or. Thanks for the input!

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