Jumping back in and would like advice!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hen_House_Rocks!, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Songster

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    After moving three years ago and having to sell my old coop, I'm jumping back in with a new batch of barred rocks!

    While I'm still sad about selling the old coop...
    I'm excited to build a new, bigger one!

    As is my way, I'm going to use as many repurposed materials as I can.

    So, today I was digging around in the garage loft and pulled out about 15 of the original wooden screens that used to be on our house. These things are absolutely filthy and don't look very pretty. However, they are 150 years old and strong. (I leaned my full weight of 140# against them and the screen held.) The screen is metal.

    Do you think they would be predator proof or should I add hardware cloth to be on the safe side? What do y'all think?
     
  2. LoveDatChickenLife

    LoveDatChickenLife Chirping

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    Where I live, the only predators around here are dogs and house cats. ..not really smart enough to break wire or dig underneath. But I think if it could hold that much weight, it should be fine!
     
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  3. HenHouse4Life

    HenHouse4Life GrandmaOnDuty

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    Hi! My fear would be predators that can chew and rip if you use something wooden. I would use hardware cloth to be sure and to keep them safe.
    :frow
     
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    LoveDatChickenLife Chirping

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    That would be smart. I don’t have any experience in building.. but I do have experience with chickens! ;)
     
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    HenHouse4Life GrandmaOnDuty

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    What predators do you have in your area? This can help you decide how best to accommodate your flock
     
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    We live in town, so not many predators. Just an occasional opossum or raccoon.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Welcome Back!
    How big are the screens, in inches by inches?
    Got pics too?
    Regular window screen may or may not suffice, especially if it's old it could be rusted and weak....but the wooden frames may be a great material.

    What is your climate?
    Easy to add your general geographical location to your profile, then it's always there!
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  8. HenHouse4Life

    HenHouse4Life GrandmaOnDuty

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    Raccoons can be deadly, they will tear through and have been known to rip heads off chickens. I always opt for hardware cloth, I sleep better at night lol
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Sounds good!
     

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