Hubby doesn't think predators will climb fence

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by smalltowngal, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Ok, I was telling hubby that we needed to lock the chickens up every night or put hard wire top on the run. He told me that predators couldn't climb the fence and chicken wire would be fine. So, do you think chicken wire is enough. We do have a wooden fenced in back yard that predators would also have to climb.
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I have numerous very sad posts where predators have even ripped through chicken wire and people have lost their entire flock in a single night.

    I would most definately cover the top of the run with something stronger than chicken wire.
  3. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    Never say never when it comes to a predator and his next meal. Lock them up!
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    not only will a raccoon climb the fence they can rip right through chicken wire.....lock em up [​IMG]
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    I have a 6 foot fence around my back yard, and my chickens in a pen with welded wire on top I am not taking chances with my flock. I would cover the run/coop.
  6. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    We only have chicken wire around and shade cloth over the run, but they are put into a very secure coop with a steal door and locked in at night (with a key lock). If it could possibly, remotely, in your wildest dreams happen, then it will happen.
    Chicken wire only keeps chickens in, it won't really keep anything out.-except another chicken.
  7. VelvetDragon

    VelvetDragon Chirping

    May 25, 2010
    Portland Metro Area, OR
    Many many kinds of predators will tear through chicken wire like tissue paper; it's okay for keeping chickens in but not for keeping anything else out. Raccoons are amazing climbers (they live in trees!), as are several other predators.

    If you want your run to be predator proof, it must be made of hardware cloth, not chicken wire, with narrow spacing, the hardware cloth must be buried or have a "skirt" to prevent critters from digging under, and have a top to prevent animals from climbing over or flying in (owls, hawks, etc.).

    Definitely lock them up!
  8. guineahen14

    guineahen14 In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2010
    Shelbyville Tn
    I have seen opossums walking on the top rail of my 5 ft chain link fence quite a few times and have caught many raccoons, skunks and opossums in my live traps inside of the chain link fence. Boy can they all climb.
  9. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    a predator will do anything they can to get at the chickens- and we underestimated them- so now we have fort knox- don't risk your poultry to them- its sickening to come out and find the remains
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Hubby doesn't think predators will climb fence

    Hubby is an idiot

    (good thing he is cute...or at least can fix stuff...right? [​IMG] )​

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