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Run question regarding Raccons

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

  1. Chocohen

    Chocohen Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2016
    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

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    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.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
  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

    Feb 27, 2016
    Well that's great! Looks like I will have to get Trump to build my walls!
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Just cover with wire or run electric around the top.
  6. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2016
    The fox in this video gets on top of the covered run and gets in.

  7. Coursair

    Coursair Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2016
    Concord, CA
    You can also make Coyote rollers.
    Basically a spinning PVC or other pipe over a wire.

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  8. Coursair

    Coursair Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2016
    Concord, CA
    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

    bella253 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2016
    Northeast Pennsylvania
    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

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    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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