MINKS!!! Help on constructing a predator safe coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Ellisa, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Ellisa

    Ellisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be moving to a neighborhood that has a mink farm about half a block away from me.

    I've been reading they are mean vicious and can get through 1 1/2 inch diameter.

    Those who have experience with these animals, I need your advice on the best way to protect my girls.

    I want to prevent any heartache and slaughter.

    *Please tell me what you (or someone you know) has done to protect your gals.
    *Pictures would be amazing, if you are able.
    *Any advice would help

    Any help would be helpful and very appreciated!!! I want to thank you in advance for any help! Thanks!!!!
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would use 1/4 hardware cloth all over the coop wherever there is a gap that they could think of getting into.
     
  3. Ellisa

    Ellisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never used hardware cloth, how do you attached it?
     
  4. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nail or screw through a washer works good. Holds it onto the wood well.
     
  5. Ellisa

    Ellisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!!
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 the washer just has to be big enough so that it cannot it through the wire
     
  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can also use staples but screws hold better
     
  8. varidgerunner

    varidgerunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say your birds are already protected by 1"x1/2" wire. Mink farms aren't like cattle ranches. They keep them in cages. There might be an occasional escapee, but they would probably hang around waiting for feeding time. Living near a mink farm doesn't put you at any heightened risk, you probably have just as much risk from coons and possums and possibly wild mink, if there are any creeks around. Following standard chicken housing practices is always recommended, as there are predators everywhere.
     
  9. Ellisa

    Ellisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I do plan to visit and talk to the mink farm about the precautions I should take as well. I wanted all the advice I can get so I can prevent any problems with any predators. I know with mink, they are viscous, carnivorous and kill for fun. Others predators are just hungry. So coming on here helped me know what to use, where to use it and how to avoid any issues. I just want to be smart and safe to avoid any issues. I get don't want to be the cause of any harm to my girls, if it was something I could have done my best to prevent.
     
  10. varidgerunner

    varidgerunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The idea that minks are alone in "killing for fun" is not accurate. One of the biggest "fun killers" out there is the domestic dog. Foxes will kill a bunch at one time and bury them. Sometimes they leave a few. From the mess that coons leave, it sure looks like they had fun. A lot of people get caught up on mesh size. Gauge of the wire is what is important. Anything less than 16 gauge most stuff can chew through like it wasn't there.
     

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