1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!
  1. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

    189
    45
    101
    May 20, 2017
    Nova Scotia
    We have a lot of predators around here so I'm trying to make my coop as predator proof as possible. I want them to free range but only when I'm out to protect them. So I'm building a 14X10 run (14 chicks, maybe less as I think 4 are Roos and I only want 1) so for the walls I'm using 1/2" hardware mesh for the walls, 1/4" for the ceiling.. should I also do hardware mesh for the floor or would chicken fencing do? I don't want to risk anything getting in but I'm expecting big predators from the top, I'm not sure if hardware cloth is needed for the bottom? I know I could just bury it a bit but that's a lot of digging I don't want to do lol
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    15,897
    3,468
    436
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It all depends on how secure you want your run. Some predators will dig in. I wouldn't bother with chicken wire as it degrades pretty quickly. Some people just bury the hardware cloth down a few feet around the perimeter to discourage digging.
     
    hempsteadjb and EvansMeXo like this.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,654
    5,405
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    KikisGirls likes this.
  4. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

    189
    45
    101
    May 20, 2017
    Nova Scotia
    Thanks, I just thought 1/4" would be stronger for a roof.. we have an over population of bobcats in my area, I was asking a neighbour questions about their coop/run and he said he didn't originally have the run covered, he added the roof after a bobcat climbed a near by tree and dropped in for dinner.. I will look into the apron style thank you
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    15,897
    3,468
    436
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You might want to consider some electric fence run around the perimeter too, especially if you have some persistent predators.
     
    EvansMeXo likes this.
  6. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

    377
    142
    126
    Jun 17, 2016
    East Orlando, FL
    If you're dealing with bobcats from the top, yes fortify as much as you can. If you can afford it, go for the 1/4" cloth on top. I have a neighbor dealing with bobcats also, took 2 of his ducks and a few hens. He went with solid walls and 1/4" cloth for the windows. I haven't heard of any issues since.
     
    EvansMeXo likes this.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,654
    5,405
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I don't know that 1/4 is stronger, it actually could be more easily ripped as it's lighter gauge wire(23ga vs 19ga).
    Any hardware cloth, or any mesh, is only as strong as how it is attached.

    Large strong animals are best deterred with heavier gauge mesh...like 14ga welded wire mesh.
     
    EvansMeXo likes this.
  8. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

    832
    553
    166
    May 5, 2017
    Independence MO
    Why not just put a solid roof on? Mine will be plywood covered with metal roofing. Protects some from the weather as well and for where I live , creates shade
     
    EvansMeXo likes this.
  9. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

    16,852
    7,901
    516
    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    Solid roof sounds better to me too...keep the rain out.
    Wet poop stinks!
     
    EvansMeXo likes this.
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,654
    5,405
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Kikki....smh.. ;) ..not if you use this kind of stuff on the ground:
    [​IMG]
     
    KikisGirls likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by