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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by seatweaver, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. seatweaver

    seatweaver Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2016
    Laurel Fork, VA
    I am new to chickens. I just got my baker's dozen of new babies last week. I have been planning this for months and have been reading all I can on the subject of raising chickens.

    My wife and I are constructing our 12' x 24' run with 4x4 posts every 8' and 2"x4" welded wire. I attached 1" chicken wire inside the welded wire and outside the run to discourage diggers. I hope this will keep raccoons, possums, and foxes out. I am considering covering the top with more 2"x4" welded wire or should I use something else. Is this needed or am I being paranoid?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    A lot of predators will consider 2" x 4" opening in the wire to be perfect for lunch snacking. Raccoons especially love to reach in and bite off any body part they can snag. Even if they don't kill the bird, they leave it with horrendous injuries and suffering. 1/2" Hardware cloth securely attached to framework, is the gold standard for predator protection. Run covers can protect the chickens somewhat from the elements if they are solid, and keep out climbers, jumpers , raptors and keep chickens from flying out.

    Chicken wire only keeps chickens inside. It does nothing to keep predators out. They can claw or bite through it and will do so. You may want to check out predator threads on BYC, to learn the m.o. of various predators and how to send them on their way.

    I don't think you are paranoid at all. Everything loves (to eat) chicken.
  3. seatweaver

    seatweaver Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2016
    Laurel Fork, VA
    Thank you.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. - as is the Coops section.

    Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).

    All the best
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!

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