predators digging under run door?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sydney13, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    im going to build the run now and i will have hardwear cloth 1 ft under it but i was wondering if you cover the hole run couldn't somthing just dig under the door on the run? ive read to put the run door a few inches of the ground so its easy to open but couldn't something get through that? do you guys bury hardware cloth under the door or do you put a skirt around or just leave it?
  2. Hugerat

    Hugerat In the Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    I am getting ready to build a run too and my plan is to put down a threshold at the door of flagstone or pavers that can not be dug into. probably extend it out 24 inches and look kind of like a entry porch for the run.
  3. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    I bury the long double celled cinder blocks across the threshold long ways down across all my run gate. Turn them so it's solid cement facing out and you're good. My gates come down to about an inch or less from the top of the cinderblock threshhold so nothing larger than a rodent can get in. My friend did a double row of blocks with the back row raised about 2 inches so her door closed against the second row of blocks and not even a rat could get in.
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Just lay some hardware cloth or fence wire on the ground under the door so it extends a foot and a half or so on either side.

    Cover with enough dirt so grass can grow up through it and they can't dig in
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I have a welded wire skirt around my coop to prevent digging in, but at the door I have a yield sign buried slightly under the dirt. It's solid metal so nothin diggin in that, and it doesn't stick up and trip me like sometimes the fence does.

    My original idea was to bury something (wood, tin, fence, pavers...) straight down, but I'm not so much for diggin and the yield sign idea was just one of those "idea moments" ya know. So far it's working [​IMG]
  6. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Dig the hardware cloth in like you did around the rest of the pen and simply lay concrete pavers on top flush with the soil around it. Mount the gate with a 1/4 inch gap. You can always lower the paver if the gate sags. You can build a small paver row behind it to the gate stops there. May not be necessary.
  7. Siler

    Siler Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Indiana
    I have hardware cloth buried underground all the way around with 2X6 put in outside of that underground to keep out predators. For the threshold we have the same 2x6 buried underground and it comes up just to the bottom of the doorway. It has never rubbed together with the door, but I like the idea of using concrete blocks.
  8. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    I cemented in some pavers. I think it will work.
  9. our 5 chickie babies

    our 5 chickie babies Chirping

    May 31, 2010
    Hello I put 2x4 bracing all the way around the run at the bottom including the just have to step over the 2x4 to get's just like a threshold.Then I dug a trench 18 inches down and 18 inches out and place the chicken wire down the in the trench and rolled it up and stapled it to the 2x4's at the bottom of the run so if any critter tries to dig under any part of the run it would have to dig 18inches down and 18inches back to get under the wire.I have had a couple diggers but they gave up after about 12 inches down.Good luck!!
  10. timp123

    timp123 In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2010
    Georgetown, Indiana
    I've thought about & will probably bury wire around my coop & run as well.. but I've wondered... how long do you think, that wire will last.. before it rusts away to the point that it's useless?


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