What do I do with this fence? Newbie needs help!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nikki1, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    Eatonville, WA
    So...2 sides of my run that's under construction will be my existing 6' tall wood board fence. It's a well-built structure, pretty new, with no gaps in the fence, BUT it was not made to be predator-proof. How big of a skirt should I put around the outside? Is there anything I should do to the outside of the wood to reinforce it?

    Also, the run will have a roof, and I'll need to put some mesh between the top of the fence and the roof. The previous owners of the house left behind a roll of 4" x 2" welded fencing...If it's well above chicken level (where there's no chance of a reach-and-grab attack), could I use it for that gap?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    If I understand you correctly, a 18-24" skirt would be fine. The 2X4 welded wire will work for the gap at the top. Pics would help. This is what I did for a skirt on my wood fence. Buried chain-link 20" down.
  3. Jaxon4141

    Jaxon4141 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2012
    The skirt around the outside does not have to be very wide. I've known people to use a one foot horizontal predator skirt and have great protection. Predators that dig almost always dig were the run fence and the ground meet. If you stop any digging at that point that's pretty much the end of it. You do not have to bury the skirts. Wire pinned to the ground quickly disappears. If you are up against a wooden fence and can not lay your skirts on the outside of it, then burying it vertically down into the ground is your next best option.

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