How do I keep Predators from digging underneath our chicken run

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We are trying to build a 40 foot long chicken run we're not sure how wide yet for making it like someone would build a greenhouse I think Greenhouse would be called a hoop house but instead we're putting chicken wire and hardware cloth on the bottom we need to know whether we need to bury the hardware cloth at the at the bottom underground to keep Predators from digging through or what can we use to make it Predator proof to keep Predators from digging underneath to get our chicken at night they are in chicken houses at night closed up but when we are gone on a vacation maybe a week at a time the door of the chicken house will be open inside the Run we have 22 chickens and sometimes there will be baby chicks a couple times a year I will appreciate any input you have on this or experience
 

cholland

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You can bury the hardware cloth strait down. Or if you don't want to dig a lot you can put the hardware cloth around the outside like a skirt and just put an inch or so of dirt on top.
I have a single electric fence wire that goes around the bottom of my run. About 5 inches high. Nothing has tried to dig in since I put that up.
 
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We are trying to build a 40 foot long chicken run we're not sure how wide yet for making it like someone would build a greenhouse I think Greenhouse would be called a hoop house but instead we're putting chicken wire and hardware cloth on the bottom we need to know whether we need to bury the hardware cloth at the at the bottom underground to keep Predators from digging through or what can we use to make it Predator proof to keep Predators from digging underneath to get our chicken at night they are in chicken houses at night closed up but when we are gone on a vacation maybe a week at a time the door of the chicken house will be open inside the Run we have 22 chickens and sometimes there will be baby chicks a couple times a year I will appreciate any input you have on this or experience
I would make an apron of hardware cloth underneath the coop that stretches down a few feet at least. That way predators can't dig under. :)
 

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I did an apron of hardware cloth
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I did an apron of hardware cloth
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Thank you for sharing that's exactly what I want to do in your picture above!! What did you use on top of your run not the tarp but the fencing I was going to use hardware cloth on the bottom and chicken wire on top or another fencing but then I started worried worrying about the chickens climbing on top and breaking their toes through the chicken wire or if I had to overlap the fencing I've been worried about this could you give me any advice thank you
 

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We were going to use PVC pipe and hardware cloth and chicken wire hardware cloth on the bottom and chicken wire on top and put some tarps on top maybe a third of it and leave the rest sunny hooked to our chicken house I am worried about snow making a cave in or not being able to hold the PVC pipes do you have any suggestions
 

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