1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Predator Proofing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kle2684, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. kle2684

    kle2684 Out Of The Brooder

    37
    0
    37
    Mar 9, 2014
    I'm new to the world of chickens and have five 2-3 week old pullets indoors right now. I am getting ready to set up their outdoor coop and am looking for advice on how to "predator proof" the coop. I have a premade coop. How far down do I bury wire around the edge? I've read about using hardwire wire, not chicken wire...what's the difference? Looking for any advice I can get!!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,617
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    The difference is that raccoons laugh at chicken wire. They can't rip hardware cloth apart.

    Easier and more effective than digging down to bury hardware cloth around the perimeter is to run a skirt out around the pen. Diggers will try at the fence. They don't know to back up. You can even use cheaper welded wire at about 1 or 2 inch opening.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,208
    120
    206
    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    Just how is the pre-made coop made? Some are made to where a dog could easily get in if determined since the wood and wire are usually low-grade. I only put my pre-made coops that I bought as breeding coops inside a secure run.

    For your skirt, make a two foot barrier; either downward or outward.
     
    2 people like this.
  4. kle2684

    kle2684 Out Of The Brooder

    37
    0
    37
    Mar 9, 2014

    What do you mean by running a skirt?
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,208
    120
    206
    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    A skirt is the wire that extends either down from the coop or out from it. It keeps animals from digging under the coop to get in.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,617
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Just run wire out from the base of the pen. An inch under ground is quite effective.
     
  7. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,208
    120
    206
    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    You must have never had a dog or coon that wanted in. An inch will not deter an earthworm. Much less a hungry dog.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,617
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    An inch is more than sufficient if it extends out 2 or 3 feet from the bottom. They always dig down at the base of the fence. They hit the wire and don't know to back up 3 feet.

    *Edited by Staff
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 15, 2016
  9. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    152
    1
    51
    Mar 18, 2016
    Escanaba, Mi
    Like run it on a angle?
     
  10. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,208
    120
    206
    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    Most do either straight down or out. No need to angle.
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by