What should I cover my run with?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lexapurple, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. lexapurple

    lexapurple Out Of The Brooder

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    HI,
    I am building a new coop and a run. We live near the woods with foxes, racoons and cats we also have hawks and owls. I would like to be able to lock my chickens in the run, so they could go in and out of the coop when they want.
    Should I use metal chicken wire on top of the run or plastic chicken mesh would be sufficient? I know that foxes and coons can climb, but I don't know if they would climb on top of the run and chew thru the plastic mesh. What do you think?
    Thank you
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I used metal chicken wire. Even the stuff to cover your fruit bushes from possible bird attacks work. Also aviary netting works
     
  3. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    We live adjacent to the woods too DO NOT cover your run with chicken wire its useless. Its so light weight they will just pull on it to make a hole. We covered ours with regular fencing wire. its 1x2 inch nothing can get in form the top. we also buried our fence around the run so nothing could dig in.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Raccoons will.

    Of course it depends a bit on whether your chickens will be locked safely into their house when things start to get dark, or whether you're planning on leaving their coop door open all night... while raccoons will sometimes come around during daylight especially if there are a lot of them around, they are *mostly* nocturnal.

    Pat
     
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  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Our 5 x 12 foot run is covered on all sides & top with hardware cloth. I recommend it.

    (A hidden benefit from a hardware cloth stiff ceiling to a run, is that you can put stuff on top of it when you're fussing with the coop. Like a pan of fresh water, treats, empty dishes, etc.)
     
  6. skatcatla

    skatcatla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used hardware cloth; same as on the sides of the run. Then on top I put a tarp for shade and weather protection. I just use tiny bungee cords to hold it down.
     
  7. lexapurple

    lexapurple Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all, for advise!

    Of course it depends a bit on whether your chickens will be locked safely into their house when things start to get dark, or whether you're planning on leaving their coop door open all night...

    I don't mind locking them, inside their house, but I wanted to be able to go out of town and not worry, if my pet sitter forgets to lock them up.​
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I hear you - that's an issue for me to, because our animal sitter, while WONDERFUL, is too expensive to have out 2x/day just to put chickens to bed [​IMG] If that is the case, and your coop is too small to just lock the girls in the whole time you're away, then IMHO it probably would be well worth putting a proper, strong wire mesh (not chickenwire) roof on the pen (with same stuff or smaller mesh for walls, too, again, not chickenwire).

    Good luck,

    Pat
     

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