Yes it is chicken wire , thank you I'm starting to think something got to them because my neighbors dogs were barking a lot last night. Any suggestions on chicken security , like I said before my family and I are newbies to the chicken world so advice is welcome. My husband is good at building stuff so he can reinforce the chicken tractor and the coop . Also hopefully our local home Depot will be restocked now my husband had to drive 45 mins to the next town just to get the chicken wire to make the coops in the pic because our local places were sold out of it.
My first predator shock in chicken-keeping was a raccoon attack that killed 5 mostly laying hens on a very hot late June night back around 2011.
I ran out the next day in the sweltering heat to the home improvement center and bought a bunch of hardware cloth, staples, and a staple gun and started installing it. I knew the raccoon(s) would be back.
Dealing with predators is a constant battle. Secure housing is really the only way to ensure that chicken math isn’t usually subtraction.