??'s About Gravel and Predators

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ambersparks, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. ambersparks

    ambersparks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a large area on my side yard that is all gravel on top of dirt. We put several inches in height there about 4 years ago. A couple of inches have sunk down but there is still plenty above the dirt. The gravel area is about 8 x 13' and the coop is going to sit on it at 5 x 6' so there will be gravel beyond the coop on all sides. And I will be putting sand on top of the gravel for the chickens to play in. If I put my chicken coop on top of this area do I need to worry about predators digging through the gravel and getting my chickens? Thank you so much!!

    Amber
     
  2. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't thing it will have much effect at all depending on the predator.
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I know sewer rats hate to dig thru pea gravel, a foot or more deep! [​IMG]
     
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most predators are strong and determined. I would work on the assumption they will, if they can. Overkill is not too much......Pop
     
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Yeah it wont stop them from digging in.
     
  6. ambersparks

    ambersparks Out Of The Brooder

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    Sewer rats, yikes!! I live in a suburban area and I've had my chickens almost a year. I haven't had any predator problems so far. Right now I just have a tractor on my lawn that gets moved about once a week. I think the biggest predators we have are racoons (though I haven't seen any around since we got our dog 4 years ago) and hawks. Maybe I'll put some stone pavers around the coop as well. Will that work??

    Thanks for all the advice!

    Amber
     
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I live smack dab in the middle of the city! And we do get coons and possums too! Not only those, we also have those determined pit bull dogs that would tear anything to get into the coops. They literally tore the door off from the coop to access to my prized Faverolle bantams and Silkies, and killed nearly all of them. I was HOT!

    Coons can try to find a way to get into your tractor and if you have an open bottom, they will try to flip the tractor over and bingo, dinner time! Hardware wire is the way to go.
     
  8. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps you could move some gravel off the area where you intend to put the coop then put hardware wire on the ground with ground staples, then put gravel back over. That's what I would do.
     
  9. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    preppy*hippie*chick :

    Perhaps you could move some gravel off the area where you intend to put the coop then put hardware wire on the ground with ground staples, then put gravel back over. That's what I would do.

    very good idea!​
     

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