What size wire for bottom of chicken tractor for bantams?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lceh, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Central Virginia
    We're constructing a tractor for our half-dozen bantams, and taking every measure we can to prevent predator attacks. I want to put wire on the bottom to prevent tunnelling, and minimize damage to the lawn. What size/type of wire is small enough to deter predators, but large enough that our bantys can scratch a bit in the grass? The sides will be 1/2" hardware cloth secured with screws and washers to keep out the coons. We do plan to lock the girls in the house part at night.

  2. Harley's girl

    Harley's girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't wire on the bottom of mine. That way they can scratch and weed my garden. I suppose you could use any size.
  3. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    I'd use the same 1/2" hardware cloth on the bottom. They can still peck through it and eat grass. Anything less and coons and opossums could grab through it and try to grab a chicken. That said, I think the predators you need to worry about are nocturnal and if you lock them in at night, you won't need to worry about a bottom. You may want to put stakes in the ground when you move it to keep day time critters from lifting or moving it.

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