weasels (how to keep out of chicken coop)

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Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me any suggestions on how to keep a weasel out of my chicken coop??

-- brea (cowgirlbrea@hotmail.com), June 06, 2001


Response to weasels

Electric fence. Alternate ground and hot wires, putting them close enough together that anything touching the hot will also touch the ground at the same time. That should zap 'em.

-- Elizabeth (ekfla@aol.com), June 06, 2001.

Response to weasels

Set traps .My cat will catch them , but many won't .How about a jack russell?

-- Patty {NY State} (fodfarms@slic.com), June 06, 2001.

Response to weasels

Build or reinforce the chickenhouse with hardware cloth instead of chickenwire, folks make the big mistake of building their chickenhouses out of chickenwire and it is WAY too flimsy!!! Harware cloth will keep out everything, racoons, weasels, coyotes, and even black bear when set over stout enough lumber. Easier to prevent them from getting access at all, than catching or dealing with them later.

-- Annie Miller in SE OH (annie@1st.net), June 06, 2001.

brea, Annie Miller is exactly right. Varmits are like bugs. There's not a single one here in Texas. They're all married and have large families. You could shoot them, trap them, poision them etc. and another will come along. You've got to have a pen that keeps them out (especially at night) and chicken wire ain't going to do it. Eagle

-- eagle (eagle@alpha1.net), June 08, 2001.

Just thought I would let you know how I do it. When I built my pen, I first put chicken wire all around the structure, and then I went back over with 2X4 welded wire. Animals can't pull the chicken wire through the 2x4 welded wire.

-- Russell Hays (rhays@sstelco.com), June 09, 2001.

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