How big of a hole in the coop do you need for a coon to get in?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MydearWatson, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. MydearWatson

    MydearWatson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    It will be my babies first night in the coop but it looks like my husband may not be able to finish blocking the rafters. If he doesn't finish, I plan on putting them inside a dog crate inside the coop. How big of a hole does a raccoon need to get into the coop? I know it would just swipe at all of them through the dog crate so I want to make sure...
  2. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2010
    Putnam Co.
    If they get their head through they are in. Amazingly small actually, looking at them.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Depends on the size of the coon. A young one can squeeze into a very small space and between the rafters is plenty large enough to allow a raccoon inside.
  4. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    a very tiny one - 4 inches! as long as their head will fit, then the body can follow.
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Block anything bigger than 1/2 a inch where ever the birds are to prevent reach thru and anything biger than 2" may let them squeeze thru if it's wide
  6. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    My understanding is that even if head won't fit, usually the hand will -- reaching in to pull out whatever part they can grab. Take care that the crate isn't too close to the rafters.
  7. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

    Apr 22, 2011
    Gumboro, Delaware
    The have extremely agile arms and paws. They WILL reach through any hole that can get their paw through and pull OUT whatever they can grab out! [​IMG]

    I would not give them a one inch square. A young one even less.

    I would keep them in the house for one night until able to get the coop done.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Not sure. What I do know is that I used 2x4 welded wire on my run (HW cloth around the bottom 24 inches to prevent chicken level reach-ins), and I haven't had any raccoon get in (and we have seen raccoons around here). I'd be afraid of any opening larger than that in your rafters.
    As for the dog crate, If you're talking one of those big plastic kind, be sure to put HW cloth or something over any gratings on the door or otherwise. If a raccoon can reach in to grab, it can pull a chicken's head through to kill it.

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