Racoon control

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by carolinacindy, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. carolinacindy

    carolinacindy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    Elizabeth City
    [​IMG] I am not currently working and can't afford the hardware wire that soooo many say to put around their pens. Can you think of anything else that could serve the same purpose as the hardware cloth? I also was wondering what I could put around the 4 by 4 poles that they can climb up on. Any info will be appreciated.

  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Do you have an electric fence energizer? Electricity works wonderfully, but it's like $50 for a box so if you don't already have one it's going to be more expensive than hardware cloth.
  3. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    I'd wait until I can afford it, if I were you. When you get chickens, you need to make them as secure a home as possible, especially at night. Even if you plan to free range all day, you have to keep them safe at night. And even if you plan to free range, your predator load might make it difficult.

    Have you tried Craig's list or LSN for used supplies? What about bartering? Junk yards?

    I don't know what's less expensive: hardware cloth or 2x4 inch welded wire. But both would work. I have 3 dog kennels attached to each other consecutively, with that netting over the top. However, I have large noisy dogs and have been much luckier than my neighbors as a result. the problem with the dog kennels is that a raccoon can get his arm in there and grab a chicken, but my chickens sleep in the henhouse. Same for 2x4 inch welded wire. It kind of depends on your setup. I've never worked with hardware cloth, but IIRC it's smaller and more difficult for a raccoon to sqeeze his arm through. Just giving you ideas...

    I don't know what you would do about them climbing up the 4x4s. They climb up everything. You just have to make sure that whereever they're climbing, they're not getting in a weak area that they can sqeeze though.
  4. mxpres

    mxpres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2009
    sounds like an electric fence would be your best bet,hardware cloth works great but its expensive,And if you have a large run it would be costly ,you can run the electric fence up and down the poles,and around your run, [​IMG]
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Actually, try ebay for a fence box, if you dare.

    I saw one of mine on there for $12 and I know it's a good one. I got mine free from my uncle who used to have cattle.

    I get most of my fencing supplies (2x4 welded wire, T posts, gates, etc) from a salvage yard, but they never have hardware cloth. That is one thing I have to get from TSC. It's $13ish for a 2ft x 25ft roll, I think.
  6. carolinacindy

    carolinacindy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    Elizabeth City
    I do have an energizer and I'm going to buy some more wire tomorrow and hopefully put it together ( think it's supposed to rain).

    I do have a large run.

    Thank you for the reply.

  7. Scraps

    Scraps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2009
    End of a dirt road...
    I bought 2 livetraps from Tractor Supply for $30...caught the little stinker in 3 nights [​IMG]
    Haven't seen signs of another coon but I still set it every now and then just in case!
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Well if you lock them in the coop at night, that's less area that you have to raccoon proof. Just an idea to cut down on the cost. You could always beef up the run over time as you get the money.
  9. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Electric fence charger can be had as cheap as 19.95. Another 20 for hardware your done.
  10. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    2 strands of hot wire, the first 6" off the ground, the second one a bit higher. Old pieces of sheet metal tacked to the outsides of the wooden posts...racoons cannot climb it.

    I also use sheet metal around the bottoms of the trees close to my pen and hen houses.

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