Predator proofing

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by acissej, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. acissej

    acissej In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    We are getting this coop soon.


    What should I do to prevent predators from digging into the outdoor run? I've heard of laying chicken wire on the ground underneath the coop/run, and the coop is light enough to be lifted to replace it as it wears out. Is that adequate or do I need to bury some somehow? Do the chickens do ok with chicken wire under them? I'd like them to be able to scratch at the ground, etc.

    It looks like that's what they're doing in this post...
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2010
  2. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    Great looking coop!

    In the link you posted, it shows an apron of hardware cloth around the run to prevent digging under. Not chicken wire. The only thing chicken wire will stop is a chicken, predators go right through it. You don't need to put the wire underneath the run if you use this type of apron and anchor it down well. Then the chickens will be directly on the ground. [​IMG]
  3. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    First of all [​IMG]

    The post you are referring to is showing an apron. Some folks dig down and some use aprons. I prefer aprons myself due to the hard red clay that I have here. My aprons are at least 24". I agree with you I wouldn't want the wire under their feet either.
  4. acissej

    acissej In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    Ah, that makes sense! I'll definitely be doing the apron thing. Digging down seems like such a pain! Thanks for the input.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Once the grass grows through it, you won't even know it's there. I think that's a great idea for you.
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Never underestimate the power of a hungry preditor, if you choose to use the apron I would attach it some how to the coop and then stake it to the ground for good measure, yes it may be a slight pain but think of the pain if you get hit one night. good luck and keep us posted.

  7. Hotwire...about 6 inches off the ground all the way around the bottom. Turn it off before you let them out if you let the birds free-range outside the coop.

    It is the ONLY thing that will prevent a predator from at least trying to dig under and keeping the birds scared all night. You can also used it to put up a nice fence around the coop. Use the posts design for hotwire. Be sure to use a tester every night before you turn in to be sure it's working.

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