is polycarbonate corrugated roofing foxproof for a low roof?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rbigos, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. rbigos

    rbigos New Egg

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    Hi
    We have a small chicken coop designed for bantams that we are building and thinking
    to put suntuff polycarbonate corrugated roof panels for letting sunlight through on the
    roof.
    The roof is an arc starting at 45 centimeters to 1.3 metres in height.
    Does anyone know whether a fox could chew or scratch through it?
    If possible we just wanted to put it straight on the arc frame without mesh.
    We have 2.5 millimetere thick wire in 25 millimetre squares on the sides, so its
    very predator proof there.Anyones knowledge on this would be much appreciated
    Arlene and Rami
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt that a predator would stand on a sloped, plastic roof and try to tear through. I would be more concerned about them digging under the side walls or tearing through the sides or door. Sturdy, close-mesh wire and wood will serve to keep predators out. Leaving an apron of 24 inches of sturdy wire mesh on the ground around and attached to the side walls will keep them from digging under.

    Chris
     
  3. rbigos

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    Greetings
    Thank you.
    We decided to use 50mm drain pipe to deter foxes from chewing and insulation.
    Your comments are welcome.

    best regards

    Arlene and Rami
     
  4. I just built a 'snow shelter' or a solarium, which ever you want to call it using that same stuff for the roof. It is awesome!!!!!! I had looked at the for or five different colors and kinds of it and the clear stuff is supposed to be indestructable. I ended up using four sheets wide (8 feet total) and 10 feet long. It is really great. It says it will stand up to UV rays, snow, etc. without getting brittle (the clear stuff). There is no way a hawk, owl, coyote, or coon could break it. I do have a support at 4 feet and I did use screws to hold it down onto 2 X 4s. I am very happy with it except it was pricey. here is what I did with it. I really dont see an animal being able to chew through it either. It's tough stuff.

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  5. DallasCriftins

    DallasCriftins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you still going to be able to provide a darkened area for laying eggs?
    Will the sun make the coop unbearably hot in the summer?
     
  6. rbigos

    rbigos New Egg

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    Greetings
    Thank you for all the replies.
    We decided to eliminate the heat by putting 125mm x 12.5 mm pine boards under the polycarbonate .
    each board is up to 50mm apart from the previous one to protect against foxes,
    provide insulation and shade.
    we decided to eliminate the use of drain pipes.
    Hope this solution will eliminate heat and to much light.

    the polycarbonate is opaque , and the pen has also shade from a near tree.

    best regards
     
  7. Sounds nice! show us some photos when you get it done!
     
  8. polikarbon

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