Need Just A Little More Help

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Arlo, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Arlo

    Arlo Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, it's me question man... I have decided to put the Coop on the side of the house on a slight slope; I have dug it out a bit to make it somewhat level. Here is the question what can I use to ensure that no predators can get under the sides? I was going to use some large rocks and line the outside of the run do you think that may help? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here are a few pics.

    Ohh BTW a very nice lady sold me 3 laying hens today 2 Buff Orpingtons & 1 Ameraucana.

    Arlo

    Coop on side of house.
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    Pic of Coop sides this is where my worry is..
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  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people use chicken wire on the ground out about 1 foot from the side of the coop or pen. You then run the rest of the wire up the side of the fence and or coop.
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Exactly. Build an underground barrier with galvanized wire. Critters are
    resourceful and dig. The rocks will help a lot too so use them.

    Nice looking little coop. Best of luck with it. Take a lot of pics.

    How many chickens are ya going to put in that?
     
  4. Arlo

    Arlo Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having a hard time picturing what you all mean do I add a 1 foot piece of wire to the bottom going out then burry it? Sorry
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I used chicken wire around the perimeter of our main coop. I used garden stakes and homemade stakes from wire clothes hangers to secure it to the ground.

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  6. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope I can explain it for you. I'll give it a try.

    You already have border around your coop & run, so all you have to do it measure the space between your coop and the border at the back & sides. The front border looks larger, so just lay out at least 1 foot of wire in front of the run.
    Cut strips of hardware cloth to fit in those spaces with enough extra to nail or staple it to the 2 x 4 that frames the coop & run. Secure outer edges with stakes.

    To give you a better visual, think about laying a strip of hardware cloth down along one side of the coop & run.
    Now, you have to bend at least 2 inches of the wire up at a 90 degree angle along the 2 x 4 on the bottom of the coop & run in order to securely attach it to your coop & run.

    Now you have a predator barrier. If you want, before installing, dig a little bit of dirt out, so you can lay the wire down & cover it back up with the dirt. Or you can lay it down on top of your dirt, and cover it with your landscape material.

    Edited: Dawn, you and I were posting at the same time. I didn't have any pictures to show what I was taking about.

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    Last edited: Sep 23, 2007

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