How small a hole is weasel-proof?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by beth in vermont, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. beth in vermont

    beth in vermont New Egg

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    I protected my chickens for years with just chicken wire - that kept out the raccoons, foxes, dogs etc but last year a weasel got my rooster & hen (I was so sad). So I put 1/2" hardware cloth up for the top & sides of the coop and 1/4" wire buried 10" on the bottom. My last concern is the wood door to the coop. The door doesn't quite close snugly - more open at the top than the bottom and the largest space is about 3/4" wide. Is that enough for a weasel to get through?
     
  2. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only thing I found weasel proof is a gun. I lost lots birds to them and minks. but buried wire does help
     
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It must be less than half an inch in diameter--I'd suggest quarter-inch hardware cloth at a maximum.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    3/4" wide. Is that enough for a weasel to get through?

    "Weasel" is a generic term that describes a FAMILY of animals

    The smallest weasels can get through that hole.

    The larger, most dangerous cannot.

    Find out what type inhabits YOUR area and work with that information​
     
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In Vermont the smallest--and most dangerous--can easily fit through a 3/4" hole.
     
  6. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anything smaller that 1" in diameter they can and will fit through.
     
  7. MadChickensVT

    MadChickensVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a hot dog can fit, a weasel can fit.

    I'm using 1/2" hardware cloth on most of my coop I'm building. The door will not have any gaps. I'll have latches at top and bottom if need be. I also plan on setting traps.
     
  8. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:just snap type rat traps work well google weasel box a gallon milk jug works good too it is like Mr Mort keeps saying you wouldn't believe the size hole they can wriggle through
     

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