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Line bottom of chicken run with hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nateritz, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. nateritz

    nateritz New Egg

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    Hi, I am in the process of building my chicken run and need advice. As of now it is all dirt, and after reading many posts I think I will add sand/gravel to it. My question, however, is if I need to line the entire bottom of it with hardware cloth to keep out predators. We have skunks, raccoons, and stray cats in our area. At the very least I will be burying the wire a foot down around the edges, but is it overkill to line the whole floor? The run is 8 x 20 feet, so that requires a lot of wire. Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    is it overkill to line the whole floor?

    Yes.
    Just put an "apron" about two feet wide around the outside perimeter, and dont worry about burying any​
     
  3. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess it really depends upon your comfort level. I did line the entire bottom of my run with hardware wire that I screwed onto the frame. It was actuallyuch easier to line the entire bottom than to bury an "apron" of wire around the perimeter. My run is about 16'
    x 7', somewhat smaller than yours. My birds have access to their run 24/7; I don't worry about preditors, and we have plenty! Good luck with your project... I'm in the process of designing our next coop, about 24' x 12' and haven't yet decided on the new run. I wish a new coop/run would just appear! [​IMG]
     
  4. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ChanceRider, is it hard to rake out?
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put hardware cloth down in your run you'd need to bury it under a good, deep layer of dirt, sand or gravel so the chickens could scratch there without injuring their feet. I used the "apron" method tacked down on the surface of the ground outside my pen.
     
  6. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I covered the wire with 4 - 6 inches of soil. A year and a half later, the chickens have yet to dig down to the wire. Really, it was easy to do and I have yet to regret lining the bottom of the run with wire. In fact, I did the same thing with the duck and meat chicken pens. The dirt covering the wire makes for easy cleanup.
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

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    It was actually much easier to line the entire bottom than to bury an "apron" of wire around the perimeter

    An apron isnt "buried", but lies flat on the ground, and is merely covered with enough dirt to allow grass to grow up through it​
     
  8. nateritz

    nateritz New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I will just lay it over the entire floor and cover it up with dirt and gravel rather than going the apron route. There are lots of obstacles in my way to do the apron method. Appreciate the insights!
     
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    BriteChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building a Tractor/ Coop for my backyard in Huntsville AL so I can move it around my backyard to house 5-6 egg layers (red star) what would be the best wire to attach to the bottom of my tractor/ coop?

    So they don't hurt themselves scratching yet it protects from predators...
     
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