well i lost two chickens cant loose a third one making a new run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Red jungle fowl88, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Red jungle fowl88

    Red jungle fowl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is the new run im making ..


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    Wall goes up and the chicken wire is now in betwwen the 2X4 and the plywood so there no chance for a coon to get inside through the seems!!!

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    How can i shut the overlaps of the wire so nothing can get insdide through the top maybe zip ties??


    SO this is my first run i ever build if you can help me great!!!! my two pairs of chickens current coop will be attaced from a diffrent wall. so at night they can be in the run and a night they will be locked up in thier coops. i just have to wrop the coops with plywood so there 100%safe!! what do you guys think?
     
  2. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    You can sew the chicken wire together with wire so there is no gaps.
     
  3. I would say use metal wires. Rather Stitch the 2 sheets of chicken wires or twist the wires individually through individual holes. Either way, sounds like a pain in the butt, sorry.
     
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I hate to tell you, but chicken wire is in no way coon proof! They will just rip a hole right through it. I'll search around and see if I can find a picture of this. For a small run like this, you must use a strong hardware cloth with 1/2" holes. I would also make sure they are locked up securely at night in a roosting area--no open doors. If you have already lost chickens, they will be determined, so be prepared! You will probably want to put out some traps to catch the ones that know where dinner is served! Do some research on predators and pests, will tell you what you need to know about coon-proofing. They can also dig underneath--another good reason to lock them up at night.

    No pics on this thread, but lots of info:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=39419&p=6
     
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  5. wing it

    wing it Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would use 1/2 inch hardware cloth coons will go right though chicken wire,costs more but better than replaceing chickens
     
  6. Red jungle fowl88

    Red jungle fowl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well there only going to be in the run during the day At night they will be locked up in thier all plywood coop
     
  7. RM44

    RM44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A coon will rip that chicken wire to shreds in no time. Get some additional fencing (I don't remember the name, but it has rectangular holes, like sheep fencing or dog fencing) and attach on top of the chicken wire. That chicken wire alone won't even give a racoon pause!
     
  8. Red jungle fowl88

    Red jungle fowl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay... Thanx what if I scree that plastic sheeting they sell like at home depot... It's like to build creen house roofs. People also use it for decksand stuff what about that? All I would need would be about 25 feet of the Hardware cloth wore how much do you think that stuff would rub me?
     
  9. sashurlow

    sashurlow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the math about hardware cloth vs "chicken wire and additional stronger wire". If you start from scratch, then hardware cloth is the way to go. However, if you already have the chicken wire, then a 1x2 wire will be cheaper (covering the existing chicken wire). The coon will still be able to reach through the wire, but for the roof it may be cheaper for you. Of course you still have the sides...
    http://www.acehardware.com/product/...th&origkw=hardware+cloth&searchId=45377791124
    probably the best deal on hardware cloth
     
  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You cover the chicken wire with hardware cloth, too...
     

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