Suggestions for bear & other predator resistant run.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by barred2rock, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    The previous occupant of my home built the coop & run I plan to use for my chickens. The coop seems decently built, while the run seems flimsy & cheaply built. Any suggestions/ideas on how to improve the run? Picture may be helpful. Thanks in advance!

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    Edited to add: Difficult to see in the pic, the sides & top are currently covered in 1" chicken wire.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2017
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks to be chicken wire which is fine for keeping chickens contained but wont stop predators. An easy solution is to run a few strands of polywire to a fencer. If no electric to area then fencers can be purchased that run off car or marine batteries. They require recharging once a week and long term solution is to complete the battery with a solar panel and regulator. Plastic standoffs are inexpensive and hold the wire off the run, are nailed to run.

    http://www.zarebasystems.com/zareba-poly-wire-656-feet-6-conductors-pw656y6-z

    http://www.zarebasystems.com/red-snapr-wood-post-extension-insulators-iw5xnb-rsc

    http://www.zarebasystems.com/fi-shock-rubber-gate-handle-ghry-fs

    Inexpensive products needed to install polywire with gate handles. The fencer is to yoru needs and all of these things can be purchased at a local feed store or TSC or shop online for better deals if you can find them. .5 joule is plenty of charge for a fencer. That's what I use for the chicken fence, food not left in run will not attract bears. If your really needing to keep bear back I use a 1 joule fencer for my bee hives.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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