Proof that staples are not enough!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rainierlass, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. rainierlass

    rainierlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend gave me his chicken ark as he had lost his flock to coons.........be sure to attach your hardware cloth with screws and large washers........predators are persistent.......here is the result of hardware cloth and staples........

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  2. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I had no idea coons could rip hardware cloth like that! Thanks for the tip, I'll keep that visual in mind when building!
     
  3. WildChicken

    WildChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Is your friend sure that was the work of racoons?
     
  4. lfreem2

    lfreem2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is too weird! Those diagonal rips are too perfect and look like they've been sheared with metal shears and then torn open. Looks more like the work of a ticked off neighbor or kids looking for the wrong kinda fun.
     
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  5. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I kind thought so too, but have no experience to go from.
     
  6. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My 1st thought was that looks like it has been cut if you look the hardware cloth is still attached to the wood.
     
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I caught a coon in a live trap and it almost destroyed the trap before I released it. You'd be surprised how incredibly strong a big coon can be.
     
  8. nhorrin

    nhorrin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dealt with racoons for years. Both with chickens and in my garden. They are very agile and smart, but I dought they did this damage. Looks like humans to me!
     
  9. mchl

    mchl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont think you got coon problems. looks like two legged problem, look for tracks
     
  10. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dunno- I could see a racoon tearing up the staples, but actually ripping hardware cloth? (and in a nice straight line?) I can barely get through it with the metal sheers!
     

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