How should I bury hardware cloth? (Picture included of spot)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wmcdow, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. wmcdow

    wmcdow In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2015
    I had a plumber fixing a pipe earlier and he happened to have a trench digger with him. I had him dig out a 20' by 15' rectangle so I can bury hardware cloth. I must admit, I'm not by any means handy at all. How should I go about burying the hardware cloth? I have some 4' wide hardware cloth. Should I stick 4' into the edge and wrap it to the other side, covering the entire bottom of the run? Should I just stick it in vertically and attach it to my poles and fence? Please help! Bonus question: How many chickens would be good in this 20' by 15' area? Thanks!!

  2. biteme2134

    biteme2134 Chirping

    Jul 21, 2013
    My Coop
    How deep is the trench? Assuming it's deeper than any predator will dig to get under I would just put the cloth straight down into the trench and attach it to the outside of your fenced in area. The goal is to stop diggers like Coyotes. If you have a raised coop so the birds can go under it then I think the general rule for a run is about 10 square foot per bird. And inside the coop is 3 square foot per bird of floor space. Depending on how many birds you want I think you can fit quite a few. I'll let you do the math [​IMG]
  3. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Songster

    Nov 26, 2011
    Its not going to take long for the hardware cloth to rust away to nothing. I was able to get cull lumber (treated) from lumber yards and box stores. It didn't matter that it wasn't pretty or straight since it was all buried. It was attached to the posts and extends about a foot below the surface of the ground. I did the same to the barn since it was built on posts.
  4. wmcdow

    wmcdow In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2015
    It's about 18" deep. Thanks for the reply!!
  5. lynnehd

    lynnehd Songster

    Jan 1, 2015
    Vancouver, Wa.
    Doesn't galvanized hardware cloth last longer? Or not?
  6. BigRedChickie

    BigRedChickie In the Brooder

    Nov 25, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    I lined the entire bottom of my run with regular poultry wire and so far is holding up well. It goes to the foundation blocks all the way around. Never had any predators get in as of yet. I have a couple inches if gravel then a few inches of sand on top of it. Occasionally, the girls will dig down and expose a little bit of it so I just cover it back up. This spring I'm going to add a couple more yards of sand to top up also. It tends to settle and run away a bit for the first year or two.

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