1. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2016
    I had this in pests and predators but didn't get much response.

    If the ladies are going to be locked up every night in the coop do I still need hardware cloth and an apron in the ground? Can I get away with chicken wire and mesh netting at the top for birds?
    Just wondering if this would be ok since I don't think coons will attack in the day?
  2. McKinneyMike

    McKinneyMike Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2013
    McKinney, TX
    I always think worst case scenario. I will sleep better knowing I have one less thing that could go wrong down the road.
  3. liz72703

    liz72703 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2015
    Fayetteville, AR
    There are predators out during the day.

    My neighbor watched a red fox crawl under my privacy fence and into my back yard the other day. Middle of the day while I was at work. I never even knew we had fox hanging around. Dogs are a potential threat as well.
  4. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2016
    What if I do the bottom 2 ft 1/4" hardware cloth and the.mn the top chicken wire?
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    This is a question that no one can answer for sure for you. Many predators, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink, dogs, raccoons, skunks, and many other are often out hunting during the day. I’ve seen all these during the day. I even saw a possum once feeding form my compose pile at 1:00 pm on a bright sunny day. That one surprised me. There is more danger at night for various reasons, mainly there is less human activity so they are bolder. But there are posts on this forum where a fox, coyote, or something else snatched a chicken just a few feet away from where a human was standing. That kind of thing can happen, but does it happen that often, not really.

    Larger predators like coyotes, raccoons, dogs, bobcats, maybe fox or mink, can tear chicken wire. The heavier the gauge of the chicken wire and how well it is attached are quite important in this. Chicken wire will provide a lot of protection against many predators, so it is beneficial. Which predators will show up for lunch, I don’t know.

    Many of us use a philosophy of a predator resistant run during the day and a predator proof coop at night. It works pretty well for most of us but it is not totally fool-proof. The more predator resistant you make your run the safer it is. How precious are your chickens, would you or yours be totally devastated if one were take or are they more livestock than pets? The more predator resistant or proof you make it, the more it generally costs. What is your risk tolerance? There is no definitive answer to your question. It’s a decision you have to make.

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