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... 37990_misc_7_062 by Hen_House_Rocks! posted Apr 6, 2018 at 4:30 PM 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?