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Predator proof chicken run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tootie123, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. joker468

    joker468 Out Of The Brooder

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    I put an electric fense on my chicken coop. I went around the bottom and top with it. I use a solar powered electric fence zapper. also keep the door open 24/7 by placing several nite guard solar powered red flashing lights around the door. the light keeps predators away. Now I can free range my chickens. I do lose some during the day as they like to go into the woods and scratch in the leaves but not many.
    Funny thing, the very day I put power to my coop, no sooner the sun went down came a very strong smell of skunk. Have not had any critters in my coop since I electrified it. I also grounded the fencing unit right to the coop wire.
    I have had one black snake inside since I put juice to it. I believe it came thru a small hole in the house floor. If I fix that hole I imagine the juice will even keep snakes out.
     
  2. ReneeL

    ReneeL New Egg

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    I am envious of your workmanship. You did a beautiful job on this!
     
  3. foglong

    foglong New Egg

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    I have a run that is all weld metal and no wood. How do I connect an apron wire weld mesh, about 2 feet out in L shape to keep animals from digging under. Someone told me to use tie wraps but I think this wouldn't be strong or with stand the weathering.
     
  4. jolly wattles

    jolly wattles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do make uv rated tie wraps. Can get em at any hardware store.
     

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