How exactly do you bury hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kiwiegg, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! I'm hoping to get my run done this weekend and have a couple of rolls of hardware cloth ready to go. I plan on framing a run with treated 4x4's dug a couple of feet into ground and use treated 2x4's to connect the tops and to attach overhead wire to.I'm not sure how I'm going to incorporate a predator proof people entrance but hopefully can figure that out.

    My question is, how do you sufficiently bury the hardware cloth so it is useful against digging predators? How far down? How do I attach it so it stays buried? I built my walk-in coop on those concrete blocks that have the grooves for the 2x4 base framing. I really need to effectively seal that gap too - any ideas there?

    Thank you for any suggestions!
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lay the hardware cloth on the ground, throw some dirt on it to hold it in place, and leave it. It will stay down with walking on it, the grass will grow through it, and it becomes part of the landscape.

    The thought seems to be that the predators will encounter it at the edge of the fencing. Being unable to dig through it, they will abandon the attempt rather than back up a bit at a time to find an edge they don't know exists.

    I have watched my dogs work at the fence, and be stymied by the wire on the ground. They don't back up looking for the edge of the wire, even though they can see it clearly on the ground.

    The fencing on the ground extends out 24 inches from the run fence.

    Chris
     
  3. kiwiegg

    kiwiegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Chris, I actually have not heard that idea yet - saves the trench digging and would protect all the way along the bottom of run.
     

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