Raccoon problem...Help with roof for dog run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sg4, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Sg4

    Sg4 Chirping

    Aug 7, 2017
    Hey BYC family! So I've been using a 10x10 dog kennel for my coop for a couple of yrs now. Works great for my girls. I have a roof over the top to keep them dry, protected from hawks, etc. Problem is, I have a trash panda (raccoon) getting in thru the top and bothering my sweethearts. He injured one of them a couple weeks ago (shes ok now). I've set a trap but he isn't falling for it. Since they are too clever and can tear right thru the fabric on the cover and slip in, I need some ideas on predator proof rooftop to keep him out. I'm not that "handy" with this type of thing. The outside of the coop is covered in hardware cloth. I'd like to cover the top with it as well...but I dont know the best way to do this? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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  2. BarredRockMom

    BarredRockMom Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    I think that if you could possibly post pictures and dimensions, the handy folks on here might be better able to give you some tips.

    Until you get the top secured, are you able to lock them up for the nights??
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  3. nuthatched

    nuthatched Chirping

    Nov 9, 2019
    Rim Country
    Hardware cloth, poultry mesh (aka chicken wire) laid across the top, you might need some lumber or rebar to brace it. (heavy duty staple it to the lumber or secure with wire) Double layers overlapping, secured with wire or zip ties, attached with thick wire or the like to the runs' frame.
    We had the worst racoon problems when we raised chickens for show...
    Oh, some sort of noise maker, like big ol jingle bells so you can her them running amok and hopefully scare them off.
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  4. CatWhisperer

    CatWhisperer Crowing

    Jun 16, 2013
    northwest Arkansas
    You are using too small a trap or not the right bait if you can’t catch the raccoon. But there will always be more coons. Can you put on a metal roof?
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  5. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

    Mar 5, 2019
    SE Missouri, USA
    You say you have a roof, what is it made of? How is the raccoon getting in? You are not handy to build, can you hire help? Pics are really needed so we can offer suggestions.
  6. Criticalicious

    Criticalicious Crowing

    Feb 25, 2017
    New Market, VA
    Don't use chicken wire. Raccoons can tear through it like tissue paper.
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    0F487AD4-2DDC-442A-AB01-4B86B0540F01.jpeg 965047B2-E498-4958-9808-89010CCB6E80.jpeg My kennel roof and you can add wire to the wood.
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  8. ellenscoop

    ellenscoop Songster

    Feb 21, 2015
  9. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

    Mar 5, 2019
    SE Missouri, USA
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    No I'm not...I just posted a picture of my roof and Ducks pen. No raccoon here in my area.
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