how to build a predator proof run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jcskowronek, May 1, 2017.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2016
    decatur, ga
    I am downsizing my flock from 14 to 4-6. I have a coop already built but i want to make a large run that is predator proof so the chickens can stay outside at night if they want to. I don't have a problem with hawks in my current run (it is converted) but we have raccoons, coyotes, and even foxes. how do i construct this run? i want it to be walk in as well
  2. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2017
    Hudson Valley NY
    you can get 8 foot posts at home depot or lowes or wherever... you dig a hole in the ground I usually put mine down 16 to 18 inches and put quick crete in the hole.... for my wiring of the chicken run I used chicken wire.... some use hardware cloth others cattle panel it is just based on preference. I didn't bury any hardware cloth on my run, you can and most do. What I did is I ran hardware cloth 18 inches laying on top of the ground and secured to the fencing with wire. It discourages digging I did the same thing around my coop and when building my coop put hardware cloth underneath the floor boards. I also have bird netting on the top to keep hawks out.

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