Predator Proofing a Chicken Coop
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September 21, 2013
There are numerous predators in our neighborhood that could easily dig under the edges of our coop. This is how we addressed that issue.
- 20 8x16 in. cement patio stones
- hardware cloth
- 2x4 (for leveling sand)
- Measure an area bigger than the coop and dig down about 3 to 4 inches.
- Lay out pavers to determine the best arrangement.
- Fill your hole with sand and compact it with a tamper. The sand will be used to help level your pavers.
- Begin building your block form on the sand, leveling each block as you go.
- Add sand around the inside and outside edges to stabilize the blocks. Use a tamper to compact the sand.
- Fill the middle of the pavers with sand and compact. Then using a 2x4 and broom, remove excess sand.
- Cut a piece of hardware cloth, big enough to overhang the pavers.
- Begin adding the second layer of pavers, sandwiching the hardware cloth in between.
- Bend the edges of the hardware cloth down towards the ground.
- Add dirt around the edges to bury the hardware cloth.
- Assemble the coop on the block frame. Now you can have the piece of mind that your chickens are safe while in their coop.
- Our chickens really enjoyed exploring their new environment. Moving day was a lot of fun for the kids too!
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