Truth About Raccoons & Chicken Wire? Please add your experience

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nifty-Chicken, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Ok, I'm looking for FIRST HAND experience here!

    Some people say raccoons can get through anything and can tear through chicken wire.

    Others say chicken wire is strong enough to keep them out.

    Does chicken wire keep coons out?

    If not, is the failure at where the wire attaches to the wood, or can coons really tear apart the woven wire?

    Again, please only reply if you have FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE of coons either getting in or being kept out by properly secured chicken wire.
     
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen coons pull a chicken right through chicken wire. A coon can definitely get into just about anything it wants to bad enough in my opinion. Best remedy is a lot of trapping, and a good chicken dog!
     
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    The 2 inch chicken wire is very easy for a coon to rip apart. The 1 inch chicken wire is a little harder for them to tear apart, but if they want what is on the other side of the chicken wire, it will not stop a coon from getting in.

    They will tear the wire apart. They don't care if it is where it is connected to wood or in the middle of the pen. They don't check for weak spots, they rip it apart at the spot where they want to get in at.

    If roosts are next to the wire, a coon can actually get a hold of a chicken and pull it through the wire, usually in several pieces.

    Many years ago, and I mean MANY years, when chicken wire was made from heavier gauge wire, it would protect your chickens from coons, but sadly those days of quality chicken wire are gone.


    Jean
     
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Coons and possums use to kill our chicks and bunnies by pulling them through the wire when I was a kid, but I'm mostly referring to what you mentioned about tearing through the middle of the wire... that just boggles my mind.

    I've got the 1 inch wound chicken wire and I can take two pairs of pliers and pull at that till I'm blue in the face and can't get a hole big enough for me to think a coon could get inside. Either I'm a pansy or the wire I have is pretty strong grade. Either way, I'd be amazed if a coon could do worse.
     
  5. quadcam79

    quadcam79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    electric fence maybe? :eek:
     
  6. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is first-hand, in a way.

    I saw first-hand chicken wire (2" poultry netting) that a rooster tore through to attack another rooster. He ripped a hole bigger than a basketball. If a rooster got through it, I have little doubt a raccoon could too.

    The chickens and cages belong to a poultry breeder we buy from.
     
  7. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coons are very strong, and super smart. I honestly believe that there is no NORMAL pen that you can make to be coon proof. They can rip through poultry netting. They push on it with their front feet, while pulling on it with their teeth until the rip it apart. That's why I say to keep the population control is the only solution.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Had a coon peel though the 1 inch mesh on one coop about 4 inches above the bottom, dig under a run on another, and open the door on the coop after I sealed up the wire... lost the whole flock.
     
  9. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    Nifty
    I read your response to DH and this is what he said:
    "Be prepared to be amazed if you have coons and no other protection other than the chicken wire."

    Coons don't pull the wire in two, they cut it in two. I guess I should have been more clear. Their canine teeth are razor sharp. It would be like taking a wire cutter and cutting the wire.

    DH says your best bet would be to put electric fence 6 to 8 inches from the ground all the way around your chicken pen using regular insulators that would put the electric fence 2 to 4 inches from the fence using a pulsating pet fence charger.

    He also says to have the kids to test the fence daily!
    (He has a warped sense of humor) LOL

    I vote for Great Pyrenees dogs.


    Jean
     
  10. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
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    My neighbor uses about 6 to 8 strands of hot wire all about 3 inches apart. He also has a Great Pynerees dog. Another thing he does is keep a box trap set at all times. He never has problems with racoons, but his guard in never down.
     

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