Opinions Please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silkiechick05, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, i was wondering if one layer of 19 gauge 1/2" by 1/2" galvanized wire is strong enough to keep out:

    Coyotes

    Raccoons

    Possums

    Large 85lb dog (neighbors insist on letting their dogs roam wherever)

    Skunks

    Snakes

    OR

    do you think i should beef up the wire and have two layers?
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2009
  2. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whatever it is, I need that toughness too. Did you add snakes?
     
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:good idea.

    i will add that
     
  4. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aha!!! A foolish person has asked me for my opinion![​IMG]

    Here goes.

    I think one layer is just fine. Two layers is overkill and extra money spent.

    I think the one layer will keep out everything on the list except snakes, which can follow anywhere a mouse can go, and even if you had seven times seven layers, the mice can go anywhere they darned please, and -- imho -- snakes are always welcome to the mice.

    (I do SO love it when people ask for my opinion!)
     
  5. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Quote:haa haa you're funny!! When I read the post title, I went "uh-oh OP is in for it now"!!! LMAO!
     
  6. christa7032

    christa7032 Out Of The Brooder

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    Personally I don't count on anything anymore. My coop was a chain link dog run with extra wire run around it and a tarp sealing the top shut and something still killed 3 of my girls. I think they did this without ever actually getting into the coop! Whatever it was was reaching through the wire and killing them from the outside! Also a friend of mine lost a couple of girls to a hawk that would hang onto the wire on the outside of the run and reach through to kill the chickens. They were confused when they began finding dead birds in the run until they caught the hawk red handed! So my answer is that one layer may be enough but if predators want to get your girls they will do their best to get in! Good luck.
     
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you're right. The problem with chain link and anything that has spaces larger than 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch is that predators can reach in and grab birds that pile up in the corners, or roost next to the wire.

    But if the wire spacing is small enough, predators can't do that. Mice can get through 1/2 inch spaces, and small snakes, too. But a snake small enough to fit through that kind of opening had better watch out that it doesn't get eaten by the chickens.
     
  8. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Amen to THAT! Chickens will chase down and catch anything that moves, if it's small enough, and sometimes even that doesn't matter.
     
  9. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, I believe it will be strong enough to keep out the listed predators, as long as it is securely fastened to your fence posts, and as long as it's buried or has an adequate apron.
     
  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

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