Run question regarding Raccons

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chocohen, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Chocohen

    Chocohen Out Of The Brooder

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    I am in the process of building my new run. I am going with 8' high walls for the pen made from pressure treated lumber that will be covered with hardware cloth to keep the critters out. With that said, I am contemplating incoming critters over the top . I do not think a fox or coyote could ever climb the walls but I am wondering if Raccons would be able to climb it? If so, then I will have to enclose the top too-which is more expense. Any thoughts on this? Thanks for any and all advice
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Enclose the top.
    Raccoons can climb anything including sheer walls. They're one of the only animals that can descend a tree head first.
    You can't build a fence high enough to thwart raccoons.
    Foxes can jump 10+ feet.
     
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  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Coyotes can jump high enough to get their front paws on the top of a fence and use their hind feet to scramble over, too.
     
  4. Chocohen

    Chocohen Out Of The Brooder

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    Well that's great! Looks like I will have to get Trump to build my walls!
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Just cover with wire or run electric around the top.
     
  6. flyin-lowe

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    The fox in this video gets on top of the covered run and gets in.

     
  7. Coursair

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    You can also make Coyote rollers.
    Basically a spinning PVC or other pipe over a wire.



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  8. Coursair

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    I just locked mine into a strong coop at night. I covered the run just for Hawks. I didn't worry about critters during the day, but I'm in a suburban area. My dogs keep things out of the yard during the day.

    When I had hens myself I had a Borzoi, he'd kill anything that tried to come in the yard and threaten my other animals.


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  9. bella253

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    I'm a taxidermist, so I always have pelts drying, stretching, etc. I keep the uninvited critters away with human hair. You don't need much, I get some from my hair stylist and I place it in knee highs. They last about 45 days, I have found this works great for coons, yotes,possums,skunks. Good luck
     
  10. Folly's place

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    Your run needs cover, and your management plans determine how secure. Netting or chicken wire will keep hawks out during the day, but only a real roof will keep coons, etc, out. Mary
     

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