will this coop design do (warmth, predators)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SullyCarter, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. SullyCarter

    SullyCarter Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if this nifty cool would work. I live in a equestrian, hilly area in west los angeles where it rarely gets under 60 degrees. I know i would need to keep the wood going a little farther on the side also but would this protect from predators if wire is buried deep down?
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  2. chasep

    chasep Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah thatll work
    id put i little cement all around it just in case though
     
  3. chasep

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    and also i cant really tell but there looks to be an open spot from the board to the roof big enough for a predator to get through id cover that with wire
     
  4. SullyCarter

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    yeah i just grabbed this online from thecitychicken.com,
    there are a few design flaws like that
     
  5. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Hi!! Cute Coop!!

    However, I would replace at least SOME of the chicken wire with wire cloth (bottom 2 feet or so). Dogs and racoons will go RIGHT through chicken wire. Chicken wire keeps chickens IN, but does not keep predators OUT!!!!

    Good Luck!!

    Cindy
     
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
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    It is a cute set up but,

    ditto on add hardware cloth!
     
  7. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good for California! The gaps under the roof are large enough for a coon or ? to squeeze through--needs wood or hardware cloth. Also the color! Chickens prefer much softer shades....[​IMG]
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    That looks like a nice design for your weather! Just use hardware cloth on the whole thing and better latches, that a raccoon can't manipulate. They can open hooks and slide bolts, even if they have to climb to get to it. They're really smart.

    To prevent digging, you could either bury wire, attach a flange of wire around the outside that lays on the ground or use something like flagstones or concrete.
     
  9. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very simple design. I like it. If tunneling is a major concern then possibly burying some block, maybe 16" cinder block 1/2 or 2/3 down could help. It's hardwork but 16" cinder block is pretty inexpensive. Just a thought.


    jeremy
     
  10. SullyCarter

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    Quote:we arent exactly the best builders so were gonna hire someone that could do that too, thanks for all the suggestions!
     

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