Raccoon proofing

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Babyfarm, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Babyfarm

    Babyfarm In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2013
    I am trying to reinforce my coop before my chicks are big enough to go in it. I am terrified about raccoons getting my babies. What has worked in the past for you all? Should I bury wire around coop? Can I make a wire floor ( attach wire to base of coop) and then just cover it with sand? My neighbors are HORRIBLE about keeping their trash cans contained...hence the raccoons. I have some time to work on this...chicks are only 3 weeks old.
  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Hardware cloth up the sides at least two feet to keep the raccoons from reaching through the wire. Bury or lay on the ground wire mesh on the order of 2 x 4 mesh fencing to prevent digging under the perimeter of the run. I extended mine out 24 inches from the fence around the run. I laid it on the ground. It has pretty much worked itself into the soil over the past two years.

    I think that burying or laying the wire around the run is better than a wire floor for the run. It will be easier to attach the fencing to the bottom of the fence around the run and extend it out than to try to attach a floor. The plan is to prevent digging under the fence.

    An animal will dig at the bottom of the obstacle. Upon encountering the wire mesh, the digging ends. My daughter's dog has tried digging furiously at the base of the run only to be stymied by the wire mesh. He has not tried to back up 24 inches and try there.

    The coop should be secure. No openings larger than hardware cloth anywhere. When the pop door is closed, the coop should be Fort Knox.

  3. CoopDeFoudre

    CoopDeFoudre In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2013
    BHM, AL
    I personally went with making the floor of our run hardware cloth. I'm going to cover that with a 2-3" layer of packed topsoil, then straw on top of that. The area our coop/run sits is very hard clay soil so I decided to kinda build our on a mound and make the floor well draining.

    Though I do think the method of surrounding the coop with wire is probably the best method, I just didn't feel it was as feasible in my case. And a wire floor isn't the worst thing in the world, I would just try to cover it fairly well, so the chickens are able to scratch without hitting wire all the time.
  4. Babyfarm

    Babyfarm In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2013
    Thanks! The small squares is better than the traditional octagon wire cloth right?
  5. hungry4eggs

    hungry4eggs Chirping

    Jan 29, 2013
    Cataula Georgia

    Yes the small squares on the hardware cloth will keep them from reaching through.
  6. jackhorn01

    jackhorn01 Chirping

    Aug 10, 2012
    Logansport, Louisiana
    The octogonal poultry netting is more for keeping chickens contained in a particular area than for keeping predators out. It is flimsy. I used welded wire for the bottom of my wall and the poultry netting for the top. Gonna use a trenching tool and dig approx a foot around my set up and pour quickcrete in it. then leave about two inches on top for grass to grow back up to it.
  7. Frooster

    Frooster In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2015
    My chicks are 6 weeks old, and it is REALLY warm out, and they are ready to go in the coop now. However, the coop has the WORST raccoon lock I have ever seen. It is a half circle of wood!:( Is there anything I could do to help stop the raccoons in my area before I can get to the store?

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