In coop at night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mamatoes, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the ladies are going to be locked up every night in the coop do I still need hardware cloth and an apron in the ground? Can I get away with chicken wire and mesh netting at the top for birds?
    Just wondering if this would be ok since I don't think coons will attack in the day?
     
  2. Silkie2

    Silkie2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they are locked up tightly i'm sure they will be fine, just make sure no holes are in the ground around the coop many predators can squeeze through the tiniest of holes, chicken wire to me seems very flimsy i only use it for ventilation and windows, that are high of the ground. the rest is boarded up with plywood and such.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Any predator hungry enough will attack during the day.
    I used 2x4 welded wire with apron for my run.....but I am home all day, often in sight of run.
    It's not totally secure, except against hawks, but should slow anything else down considerably.
     
  4. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this secure enough when they're locked up at night?

    Again I live in a very busy downtown
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    That looks good. Doesn't look like chicken wire at all. Looks like the thicker welded wire. The thin "chicken" wire is not recommended at all. In urban areas what you get is neighbor dogs that can chew and push through chicken wire. An apron is a good idea. In urban areas not only dogs but things like large skunk can dig under the run wall to get at your birds. Yes, I've had a huge male skunk do just that. All an apron has to be is same strong wire fencing placed under sod horizontally from just under the run out a good 18 inches. You don't need to dig a deep trench, just put horizontal under sod or lay on ground with lawn stakes and let the grass grow through it to mow. Animals dig at fence, hit wire and move to side and try again...they don't back up much.

    As I said your wire fencing looks good. I use a 14 ga. wire out here in the country as there are some determined critters like coyote that can chew through thinner wire. 19 gauge would be the thinnest I'd use in an urban setting with dogs. "Chicken" wire is really thin stuff near 30 gauge that doesn't stop predators.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Wire looks good, can't tell how it's attached tho...also can't tell how latch on nest box operates, if it's raccoon proof.
    Apron good idea. Do you lock pop door at night?
     
  7. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a picture from google I'm going to base my run off. 1/2" hardware cloth. No apron. Chickens will be locked with pop door ever night
     
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    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Hardware cloth is pretty expensive. There isn't much need for it in the run. Urban areas have dogs and skunks-they dig. I suggest an apron. Little extra time to put on apron and if you use 2x4 14 gauge welded wire the cost for apron and covering run would be less.
     
  9. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really wouldn't need to worry about dogs. I've never seen one off a leash and our yard is fenced.

    What would you suggest then other then hardware cloth? I've read raccoons can rip apart chicken wire
     
  10. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok for the 2x4 welded wire is it ok it's not 1/2" holes? I read raccoons can stick hands through and tear chickens to shreds. What about cats. LOTS of cats in my neighborhood. The welded wire is wayyyyy cheaper
     

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