My new chicken coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickens3, May 6, 2009.

  1. chickens3

    chickens3 Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Eau Claire, Michigan
    i have the sides done with tin, the bottom is done with chicken wire do you think that will work and the top has a tin roof and i am making a chicken run how big should the chicken run be for them i have 5 chickens.

  2. ducks4you

    ducks4you Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
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    Where do you live?

    Go to the menu and click on Profile.
    Then, you can fill in your town & state or part of the state--I have Central IL on mine.

    Back to your question:
    If you have a really secured yard in a suburban area, you MIGHT be able to just have chicken wire. OR, if your birds are in a barn with a good guard dog, you might get away with it.


    Many predators can rip apart chicken wire.

    I LOVE having my birds in the old unused dog chain link fencing. We haven't had any bears here since, I think, Abe Lincoln was riding the circuit!, so it keeps them pretty safe.

    My neighbor and others on the forum have suggested that you bury hardware cloth 3-4 inches deep on the outside perimeter. Predators that dig---like dogs!!!---dig to the wire and then, give up, even if they try several places.

    Somebody on the forum was thinking about using hardware cloth AND putting down 12 x 12 pavers. I Liked that idea, especially because they've heavy and hard for a predator to move aside.

    DEFINITELY, check out the "Coop Designs" link. When you click on the pic you'll get the BYC webpage (usually) and specifics about size and materials. I got SO MUCH 'food for thought' this last winter 'cause I spent time reading on this site. That should help you with the size of your run.

    hope this helps and WELCOME to BYC and chicken addicts!! [​IMG]

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