Need Advice About Security

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by enggass, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Ok. The floor of my new coop sits on top of two 4x4s. The coop is 7'x7' and the floor joists sit perpendicular to the two 8' 4x4s.
    Those 4x4s are sitting on some cement platforms/blocks. This being the situation, there is approximately a 6" gap around the perimeter between the floor of the coop and the ground.
    What would be the best way to block this area off preventing predators from getting underneath the coop?
    I was thinking either Landscape Timbers or maybe Cement Cinder Blocks... Maybe one of these on top of some wiring?
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    Sounds like a good approach. Almost anything used to close it in would be fine [​IMG]
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Might raise the coop a little more and create a open area under the coop so the critters don't see it as a dark sfae area to live. You mentioned closing it off but critter will try to dig under and hide where you cant see them plus it may creat a wet buggy area in the spring as brakup water soaks into it. Having it open allows air to circulate and for you to see a critter that tries to hide from you.

    The other side is to set it on the ground (be sure to use all weather wood for the ground contact) and fill in with pea gravel to elevate the birds out of the water and allows you to rake it and wash the remaining poo into the ground. Then you can throw straw over the gravel in the winter.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The easiest fix would be a strip of fencing/hardware cloth nailed to the 4 X 4 and extended out as an apron.

    Using blocks and timbers just gives rodents a nice dry place underneath
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011

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