To snake proof or not snake proof my new run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cartersfarm, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. cartersfarm

    cartersfarm Hatching

    Nov 16, 2015

    Long time reader first time poster.

    Despite much research on this site, I can't find the answer that will settle my concerns.

    I am just about to build my first coop / run. It will be 12m x 12m split into 2 12x6 runs for alternation; the coop will be outside of this space.

    My question: I always had planned to run snake mesh around the entire perimeter for 30cm under the surface to about 60cm above. From there chicken mesh wire will protect the remaining 1.3ms of perimeter. Due to the much high cost of running snake mesh for 48 linear meters, I was wondering if I need to snake proof my runs. The chickens will be in there coop every night and I will let them out each morning ( a chance to check for any crafty snakes waiting for them).

    Keep in mind my coop will obviously be snake proof and I can clear the land around the chicken run so there are no hiding spots. Being in SE QLD, we have a lot of snakes here and they are not all nocturnal.

    Let me know your thoughts. And to anyone who wants to tell me just spend the extra $200 on snake mesh, I get that, but I would really rather not spend it.


  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Personally i'd suck it and see. If you suffer no losses, then all is well -otherwise you may have to splash the cash.

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  3. Majd

    Majd Songster

    Jun 22, 2012
    Hello and welcome to backyard chickens!! From OZ right?
    I agree with CTKen regarding your question. And it's a great idea to clear the area around the coop and keep the dress mowed.... But if it were me living in Queensland, I would know that snakes would do whatever it takes to get to you comfy chicken coop and feed on your eggs, and if they chickens are still chicks they will come even in the daylight to eat them... So I would definitely save a couple hundred bucks to make the run snake proof, so I don't regret it sooner or later... But that's just me..
    Good luck in whatever you do! And keep us posted!
  4. cartersfarm

    cartersfarm Hatching

    Nov 16, 2015
    Yeah, OZ.

    So, that is one vote for and one against. hmmmmm[​IMG]
  5. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Songster

    May 28, 2015
    harpursville ny
    I have no snake mesh as I am at my coop/run multiple times a day to collect eggs. When the girls were little I made sure to set snake traps around the run . Now that they are full grown they just eat anything brave enough to enter their area. They love snake meat and with 20 chickens a snake has no chance. So it's all relative to your life style and amount of time "chicken sit". I prefer to let them eat the threat if possible.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
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