Predator Proofing! Called in sick today to prepare for my first chicks ever!

Living_Legend

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The coop / run is 7 ft by 12 ft I added a two and a half foot skirt of hardware cloth around the coop and run I am also going to have the chickens quote unquote free range in a 36 foot by 16 foot area. I still plan to put bird netting over that area and a mobile fencing to get them from the door to the quote unquote free range area. I also added motion-detecting lights and predator blinking red solar lights to look like eyes of animals. Holla.

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Nice coop!
Add wood strips screwed into the framing, over the hardware cloth, at least. We also have 2"x4" woven wire over the hardware cloth, under the screwed in wood strips. I'm paranoid!
Also, child-proof (raccoon proof) latches on every door and the nest box opening.
You do have hardware cloth over the windows, right?
It's very handsome!
Mary
 

Living_Legend

Songster
Jan 3, 2018
367
475
161
Freeland, MD
My Coop
My Coop
Nice coop!
Add wood strips screwed into the framing, over the hardware cloth, at least. We also have 2"x4" woven wire over the hardware cloth, under the screwed in wood strips. I'm paranoid!
Also, child-proof (raccoon proof) latches on every door and the nest box opening.
You do have hardware cloth over the windows, right?
It's very handsome!
Mary

I have heavy duty latches over nest box, locks on doors. no harware cloth over windows. if i decide to ever open them i will put it over them then.

inside the coop there is another 8 inches of 4x4 wood that blocks the ground so a preditor would have to dig past 3 feet to get in.
 

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