Run is becoming dangerous!

Kimberly13

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I have a coop attached to a run that is basically two dog runs put together so they have a large space. They also have the kennel covers tied down to the top of the run so that they are fairly safe. Here's the problem. The coop is set up under some trees and the girls have run the dirt so far down inside the run that the tree roots are showing and now we are getting holes under the fence because the dirt inside is dug out and the tree roots are allowing holes. What can I fill the whole run in with? If I add more dirt, won't they just dig and scratch it out again? Are rocks bad? Sand? Any ideas? TIA
 

aart

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No, I don't. Where do you get a cloth like this? And I love the paver idea! Thank you!
Hardware cloth is a metal mesh, 1/2" is a good size.
You can get it at big box stores, but ordering from amazon might be the cheapest.
Here's a pic of some:


Good examples of anti-dig apron installation.
If rodents are prolific, burying the apron ~12" would be good.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/wire-around-coop.1110498/#post-17093528
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/new-coop-project.1169916/page-2#post-18481208
 

aart

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They are little diggers for sure!
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/excavation-by-birds-a-word-of-warning.1086535/
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