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

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Living_Legend, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Living_Legend

    Living_Legend Songster

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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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  2. Living_Legend

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  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Nice looking setup, great job!
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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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
     
  5. RESQME49

    RESQME49 Chirping

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    Is that a carolina coop? Looks great! How many birds?
     
  6. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    Looks good!

    Or use screws with washers to fasten the hardware cloth, those staples don't look like they will hold the HWC on very well, against predators.
     
  7. Living_Legend

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  8. Living_Legend

    Living_Legend Songster

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    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.
     
  9. Living_Legend

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    no it is amish built though. 7ft x 5ft. i ordered 9 chicks.
     
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  10. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    Looks real nice.

    Is there any ventilation we can't see? Coops need a lot of draft free vents to allow the moisture from breathing and pooping to escape.

    JT
     

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