If you could choose...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BCMominMD, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pen fencing material: welded wire (hole size?) or chain link
    which would you choose?

    Pen will be 8x15 -20. It will be attached to a shed coop, covered with something - not sure what, aproned 3 feet up and L'd out with something appropriate- not sure what. I swear I have been studying this site every day for months until my eyes are rolling on the floor. The chicks are fully feathered, the shed goes up Monday and it's time to make a decision.
    A kind local BYC neighbor says we have all the predators including mink and weasels - who knew?! They will be closed up at night but home alone in their pen in our backyard during the day. I guess stray dogs could get in. It will definately be hawk proof. I want to get it right the first time so I don't come home to any surprises.

    Can you help me decide?
    Thanks in advance:)
     
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  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    The smaller the better.... (and usually the most expensive too!)
     
  3. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So do you mean smaller welded wire is better then regular chain link?
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    The smaller the openings in the fence the better. Chain link usually has holes that are larger than welded wire. The bigger the opening, the more chance for predators.
     
  5. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks - that's kind of what I thought but then the chain link seemed stronger. That's why I asked. I think I'm overthinking it!
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    you could always put chain link with welded wire over it, and have the fort knox of chicken coops.....
     
  7. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah:)[​IMG][​IMG]
    This whole endeavor feels like building Fort Knox!!!!
    Thank you
    Lisa
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It's awful hard to weaselproof. They do not hunt during the day much, fortunately. Unless I had no budgetary or practical limitations at all (which I just find hard to imagine happening [​IMG]) my preference is for 1x1" heavy-gauge welded wire, or heavy-gauge chainlink, with 1/2" hardwarecloth (or, for not *much* more risk IMO, 1/2" chickenwire, NOT the usual 1" chickenwire tho) put on the inside for the bottom 2-3'. The apron can be up to 2x4" mesh (heavy gauge) unless you seriously think you can keep rats/weasels out. Although, you probably can't anyhow [​IMG]

    For the top, my preference is a proper roof. This is expensive and sometimes gets you into needing building permits. If you use a wire mesh roof, use at least 2x4 heavy gauge welded wire (smaller if you want to exclude sparrows) and make real sure it is comprehensively supported against snow load by a good system of posts and rafters.

    JMO,

    Pat
     

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