For those with moveable coops or just ideas .... Rather than electric, what else could I put at the bottom of my coop to prevent digging by animals?
The way I see it, if something is getting into my chickens it's dead. There are plenty of easier meals around here, stay away from my birds!Keith said:Quite at a loss. Mobile so electric wire is not really a great option. I could put outward facing nails at the bottom? Razor wire? Too inhumane to raccoons/skunks?
Best answer I've seen. That's exactly what II have a six ft by six ft chicken tractor. I move it around every few days. so trenching around it isn't an option.
I haven't had any real problems with diggers, but...
Dogs can be stopped cold by just pegging a 2 ft wide strip of chicken wire or old horse fence down flat on the ground with tent pegs.
Do that on all four sides of the pen, overlapping the corners, and you should be pretty much good to go.
Yep, I've seen them do this. (as a kid on my grandparents' farm) Raccoons are pretty darn smart, and persistent.LdMorgan said:Speaking of raccoons...
Families of raccoons (or gangs) will sometimes surround a chicken run and stampede the chickens from side to side to side. Every time a chicken runs too close to the fence it gets grabbed, Then the head gets ripped off. Then the chicken carcass is pulled through the fence wire in chunks.
Unless the raccoons get interrupted, all they'll leave behind is the feathers.
If raccoons are a hazzard, your run should have at least one corner walled in solid where the chickens can retreat from the raccoons without being grabbed. If it's too small the chickens may stuff themselves in so tight that some get smothered, so make it nice & roomy. Say, 6' on a side.
I do like the electric fence idea, though. Just be sure to set it on "high" because roast raccoon is mighty fine eatin'!
You could use a solar powered fencer and still be mobile .The way I see it, if something is getting into my chickens it's dead. There are plenty of easier meals around here, stay away from my birds!
That said, you don't wanna cripple a wild animal. Razor wire and nails would tear them up and they wouldnt be able to defend themselves or hunt. The fencing is a good idea that you could make work with a moveable run. A wild animal is gonna dig next to the fence so if you have fencing laid 2' out from the fence, nothing is gonna get in. You could also drive stakes in around it.