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Predator Proofing a Chicken Coop


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September 21, 2013

finished coopThere are numerous predators in our neighborhood that could easily dig under the edges of our coop. This is how we addressed that issue.

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Supplies:

  • 20 8x16 in. cement patio stones
  • hardware cloth
  • sand
  • tamper
  • 2x4 (for leveling sand)
  • shovel
  • level

Steps:

  1. Measure an area bigger than the coop and dig down about 3 to 4 inches.
  2. dig hole for blocks
     
  3. Lay out pavers to determine the best arrangement.
  4. test fit blocks
     
  5. Fill your hole with sand and compact it with a tamper. The sand will be used to help level your pavers.
  6. add sand to hole
     
    bed of sand for blocks
     
  7. Begin building your block form on the sand, leveling each block as you go.
  8. start first layer of blocks
     
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  9. Add sand around the inside and outside edges to stabilize the blocks. Use a tamper to compact the sand.
  10. adding sand 2
     
    tamp sand around edges
     
  11. Fill the middle of the pavers with sand and compact. Then using a 2x4 and broom, remove excess sand.
  12. smooth out sand
     
  13. Cut a piece of hardware cloth, big enough to overhang the pavers.
  14. lay hardware cloth down
     
  15. Begin adding the second layer of pavers, sandwiching the hardware cloth in between.
  16. add second layer of blocks
     
    second layer of blocks
     
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  17. Bend the edges of the hardware cloth down towards the ground.
  18. bend wire downward
     
  19. Add dirt around the edges to bury the hardware cloth.
  20. overing wire with dirt
     
    finished coop platform
     
  21. Assemble the coop on the block frame. Now you can have the piece of mind that your chickens are safe while in their coop.
  22. building coop
     
  23. Our chickens really enjoyed exploring their new environment. Moving day was a lot of fun for the kids too!
  24. moving day 1
     
    moving day 2
     
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