skirting the hardware cloth

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by achake01, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Hi all. Coop under construction, and I have a question: I plan on burying the hardware cloth around the perimeter of the coop, skirted at an angle outward. How deep should it be buried?
  2. Hucks Hickens

    Hucks Hickens In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2010
    Our hardward cloth is outward about 12 inches and down about 3 inches, so far it has worked good. One of our dogs has tried to dig but stopped as soon as she hit the wire. We also have pavers around the gate to hopefully prevent any unwanted vistors from digging under the gate. [​IMG]
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Anywhere between 0" (if you do it as an apron), in which case I'd bend it out at least 18" wide and preferably wider; to 18-24" deep if you do it as totally-vertical buried fence base.

    Or anything in between - the more depth you bury it at, the more you can potentially 'cheat' on how much you bend it out, and vice versa.

    Personally though I would not bother burying it, I'd just do it as an apron on the surface of the ground (pinned down well) or just under a layer of turf or rocks or pavers or mulch or whatever. FAR FAR easier, and just about as effective for everything except rats (and honestly not much will keep rats out)

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. Jx2inNC

    Jx2inNC Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    Caraway, NC
    I agree with Pat.
    At first, I intended to bury my hardware mesh, but after thinking on it a while and seeing how hard it can rain here at times, I decided against digging a bunch of decent (albeit fairly sparse) grass and leave less compacted ground that is just asking to get muddy and erode easier.
    Since I had a few logs around and a ton of rocks around my property, I thought I'd just rather lay down an apron and cover it in concerned areas with the large logs and the rocks. Also, I may cut some areas in the apron and plant bushes as well, or at least had put some thought to it. Once the bush got big, covered the ground, and the roots spread out, it may do a great job assisting in keeping the hardware mesh firmly in place.
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    For me, in PNW with my rain and weeds issue it was easier to bury so I could mow and weed wack without worrying about hitting it. Also the bob cat that tried to dig in actually started out almost a foot out so if I'd had a short apron he might have gotten in. I went 18" down and 12" out.

    So far everything that's tried to get through the run fence has given up. We also had a coon try to dig in under the coop and come up through the floor. He bloodied his paws on the hardware cloth covering the floor, but he never touched a bird.
  6. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Lay it flat on the ground and throw a couple of inches of dirt on top for the grass to grow up through.

    There's no point in digging
  8. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    I buried mine about 4 inches because I used left over chain link and I didn't want to trip over it. It gets buried to look nicer but it's not necessary.
  9. CindyG

    CindyG Songster

    We're opting for the apron here, digging anything involves pick axe and lots of hard labour due to nothing but rocks. It'll be hard for anything to dig it's way under for the same reason, so the apron is more to keep unwanted visitors from skinnying under the bottom rail.

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