how to keep the dogs out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SandJmom, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. SandJmom

    SandJmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Any suggestions on how to keep dogs from digging under your coop fence to get to the chickens?
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Bury your fencing. If you already have fencing put up, go ahead & dig a trench right next to the current fencing, and add ADDITIONAL fencing down about 8-10" - hardware cloth-type fencing - you can attach it to your current fence with hog rings, or even zip ties. Then bury it. Dogs don't like the feel of metal fencing when they go to scratching it. You can also do an "apron" of fencing - that is, fold back the grass around the enclosure like sod - pull it back, then put a layer of fencing (such as hardware cloth) on the ground horizontally, and attach that to the bottom of your current fencing. Again, they do not like the feel of the metal when digging. You could also go with a strand of electric wire if you have a charger or can get one. Place about 8" up, and once zapped, you won't likely have issues with it (or other critters that get zapped) again.
     
  3. SandJmom

    SandJmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, we put the fence up yesterday and realized the dogs will be able to dig underneath it. Digging a trench all the way around seems like a lot of hard work, so we will try the "apron" that you mentioned and see if that works. Thank you for your help!
     

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