KEEP OUT PREDATORS!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenman101, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. chickenman101

    chickenman101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is chicken wire safe enough to protect my flock from predators or should i try something else? i have a crap load of chicken wire and i need to use it but not if its not safe. is there another way to reinforce the chicken wire? maybe double up on it?
     
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  2. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read time and time again on these posts that chicken wire is not going to keep out predators. I already have chicken wire, like you, so I'm using it and putting 2 strands of hot wire around the whole coop/run to keep out dogs, coyotes, raccoons, etc. I hope it's enough!

    You can reinforce it using welded wire or hardware cloth, but then really you just need the hardware cloth and not the chicken wire...Good Luck!
     
  3. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SW Ont, Canada
    Chicken wire is to keep chickens in--it does not keep predators out. If you must use it for predator protection--I would recommend electric wire to run around the bottom and top of the pen.
     
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Chicken wire basicly keeps chickens in. Predators can get thru it with ease. 2x4 welded wire works much better. It is alot stronger. But if you do use it I recomend a hot wire around it.
     
  5. chickenman101

    chickenman101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. G Wiz Ranch

    G Wiz Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would hate to stir anything up, I am not trying to say it hasn't happen, I am just curious about the details. So please don't get made at me for asking [​IMG] , but has anyone "PERSONALLY" experienced a predator destroying the chicken wire? I would be curious to know what predator did it. I can see if someone just stapled the wire that an animal could push their way through, I just can't picture a fox, coyote, raccoon, opossum or small dog, tearing up the wire itself. Maybe if the wire was loose or not supported on all 4 sides, or spaced out without support, but can an average predator actual, tear apart the wire?
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    G Wiz Ranch, if you do a search through the messages in this section over the last 2 years, you'll find postings by members that had dogs and raccoons go through the chicken wire on their pens. Quite a few of them, actually. I know at least a couple posted pictures. Dogs are the most common, since they're out and about during the day, when chickens aren't locked in the coop.

    Edited to add that I meant they posted pictures of the torn wire, not that they posted pictures of the carnage.
     
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  8. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm anticipating the worse, so I came up with some Free chain link fencing....Make a 2 x 4 PT Frame, stretching chain link to it using galv.fence staples...on the inside of the run I will add a roll of 1/2" sq. welded wire 24" high from the bottom...wire it to chain link....plus a tight roof....I don't like electricity - shocking hurts. Here is my unfinished project.
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    Happy Hatch'en folks
     
  9. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Quote:My 10 lb cat, who is a barn cat, tore through the wire in the coop this past winter. I'm not sure if the cat wanted the chickens water--b/c it is heated, or if there was a mouse/rat in the chicken part of the barn, but the cat tore through it. So, if a cat (a small cat-no less) can tear through, then certainly a fox/raccoon etc could do alot more damage.
     
  10. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Mine WAS wrapped completely in chicken wire with 2x4's screwed on every edge to seal the ends. I lost 2 layers to a coon that chewed his way through. I made it as Predator proof as possible before this. Now i have welded wire around the bottom and top with a hot wire. Chicken wire WILL NOT keepa predator out if its determined enough.
     

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