using 1/2" hardward cloth on floor of run

pappy1264

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And we will be digging down so the whole thing is down several inches and then filling the dirt back in so the chickens can still enjoy the dirt/grass. The sides will be completely wired (as will the top) in the same mesh. Do I need to extend the wire that is the floor of the run, which goes under the elevated coop as well) out on the sides as well? Or is the burying the wire for when you don't have a covered run floor? Just getting confused a bit. Hope that makes sense. TY!
 

4 the Birds

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You certainly don't need a mesh skirt out from the run if the run bottom is enclosed in mesh. Some people dig and put mesh in the ground along the run fence and others just add a skirt out from the run. If predators dig then it will be at the fence line.
 

aart

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As said if the run floor is meshed, nothing will be able to get in..... but they may still try to dig in, so an apron would prevent that and you could use a larger mesh on the apron which would at least keep the larger animals from digging under the wire floor.
 

pappy1264

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Ok, thank you. Probably will still do it, we planned it that way, so the more protection the better. Thanks guys, just want to make sure my babies are safe!
 

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