Need pictures/ideas for predator proof run*

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kathryn4629, May 28, 2010.

  1. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    I am working on building a small predator proof run for the girls to be able to use when I am gone for a couple of days, and be able to go outside early in the morning. I am thinking something that is about 4x8 and 6 feet tall connected to the coop. This way I hopefully wont have to shut the coop door at all. [​IMG]

    I would love to see some pictures!!! Bring on the advice please.
    Last edited: May 28, 2010
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington

    Added an electric fence after this picture was taken.
  3. suzeeg

    suzeeg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    I don't know if this will help but check out the coop I made on my BYC page. The ideas for it are endless!! And good luck[​IMG].
    Last edited: May 28, 2010
  4. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    thanks guys! I really love the hoop idea, now I need to figure out if I can just make a miniature one [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 28, 2010
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I don't have pictures of mine because it's not done yet, but mine has 2"x4" welded wire from top to bottom (6' high) and hardware cloth 24" up around the bottom. I'm also going to put the welded wire over the top to keep out (or at least slow down) any determined coons and opossums. If you want yours to be even more secure to keep out the smaller varmints like mink and weasels, I would suggest hardware cloth from top to bottom and across the top. Post pictures when you're done!
  6. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    Quote:dang I forgot about the weasels [​IMG]
    I guess it will be hardwear cloth all around, wish it wasn't so spendy. [​IMG]
  7. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    A little spendy but worth every cent. My hoop coop is completely wrapped with hardware cloth with a hardware cloth apron. My 10x10 will be finished wrapped with hardware instead of 2x4 welded wire and chicken wire on the top(sides and apron already done). I'm also getting ready to completely wrap a 10x20 kennel including the top and apron with hardware cloth. Another advantage to hardware cloth is that you will keep out the snakes. All of my runs also include strands of electric fencing. Your birds will thank you for it and you will sleep better at night.
  8. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:I have to agree. It is worth every penny. This is my third year of having chickens and I haven't lost a single one to predators. I have every inch of my run covered in hardware cloth including the fencing buried. I wouldn't build a run without it.
  9. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a total noob, but if it was me I'd get 4' HC and run it along the bottom, top and sides then attach it snugly to the coop. Very safe from above OR below. Even my ever-trying uber hunter doxies haven't managed to get past the HC in mine.
  10. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    this works for our area (predators: hawks, raccoons, possums, bobcats, coyotes, fox , cats, dogs, owls, and snakes)

    All the snakes around here that would bother the chickens are too large to get through chicken wire, we have cotton mouths, moccasins, and rattlers as big around as your forearm *SCARY* dont have many rat snakes but the ones we have are too busy with field mice and also VERY LARGE)

    We use a small gauge chicken wire I believe it's an inch. "Rabbit" wire also called hardware cloth by the majority of people on BYC for the bottom of the run. We elevated our coop 3 ft from the ground (will be adding a poo board for our garden compost efforts) and have sealed all openings in the coop box itself to keep out the critters of the night.

    (We just finished this today so the extra wires have not been removed at the time the photos were taken.)

    All plyboard on the coop as well as the lumber have been weather proofed on the outside

    COOP FOR THE EEs (3 months old 2 roos and 3 hens)


    these are the roosting poles inside, we will later put in a nesting box or two for the girls when they start laying

    I do not have any photos of our large coop. If you want to utilize the ground for a bottom this is how we did it.

    We actually used a 10x20 portable "insta" (not so insta) car port from northern tools and around that put chainlink secured with rebar about every 3-4ft also secured the chainlink to the carport with 18ga wire at the top bottom and in the center. Then after that was secure we used a dog kennel door for the door. (chainlink was 6ft and so was door I got this from a crap shoot deal on craigslist paid 175 for a dog kennel and only end up with half the parts) We then put chicken wire around the outside of the chainlink securing along the way about 5 ft up the chainlink. then went on the inside and made an apron of chicken wire which I hand sewed to the existing chicken wire and chainlink with 24 ga steel wire. We put a layer of dirt and hay over that to help it stay where it was supposed to it tend to bow when you put it down. We also chicken wired the door and there is a wood liner in front of the door. We covered our coop with a 20x30 tarp and secured that tightly with MANY bungee cords gorilla taped (its not pretty but it works lol) the front and back to hold our folds(the tarp covers all that is not covered by the chicken wire also keeps the breeze off the birds and works great for cross winds in the rain). The roosts: in the front end of the coop our rooster was frequently roosting on the bent rebar over the door so we added a roosting pole about 3 ft into the door....He stopped roosting there. lol. We built a self standing roost for our nesting boxes. It is made with several split 2x4s with a roosting bar on the end which is where the roo now roosts there are 3 cradles for the 5 gal bucket/nesting boxes which we secured with a few screws a piece to the roost. It stands in the center of the 10x20 coop. I have had a fox (very elusive) trying to get in that coop for 4 days to no avail as I have a guard dog who barks and I run out with a 12 ga so if he stuck around i would be fillin his butt full of lead.... anywho I have had them in this coop for over a year we have only recently been keeping the dog out since our neighbor said he saw a fox roaming around in the wee hours of the morning. We have never had a loss *knock on wood* with this coop. We have many predators at all hours of the day but we have not lost a bird in a coop, though we have lost a few when they were free ranging (2 roos and 2 hens in fact) so these are my two pens, maybe they will give you some ideas

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