Categories

Chicken Pages!

How can I weasel proof my chicken pen?

The pen is about a 5′x8′, and its got chicken wire all around it.
Chicken wire will only keep chickens in, it will not keep out raccoons, weasels, mink, and a host of other predators. You need to do several things. Invest in what is called HARDWARE CLOTH, this is 1/4 inch welded wire mesh. You will need to install this on the sides, ceiling and bury it in the floor – all the while attaching it so that there are NO holes, gaps or other weaknesses. Do not use household staples or staple guns, use HORSESHOE nails, they are large, U shaped nails that are at least 3/4 of an inch long, and you need a hammer to attach them. Unless you also secure the ceiling, you will have critters climbing the wire or raptors (eagles, hawks, owls…) flying in and nabbing your fowl. I am a wildlife rehabber who specializes in assisting folks with problem wildlife…trust me, the solution is not easy or cheap. Good luck.

3 comments to How can I weasel proof my chicken pen?

  • Haley

    put some electric wire aroud it or try barbed wire, electric wire would probly work best because it will shock them and they might not come back. I have chickens too.
    References :
    my head

  • livelovesimplyb

    keep ‘em away from my house. I’ve got ferrets :)
    You could also set up some sort of security lights…it might freak the weasels out…and they’ll run away. Although, I’m not too sure that wouldn’t catch on to that, they are pretty smart. Maybe try coyote urine? Weasels use their sense of smell quite a bit…and they may leave if they think there is a much larger predator in the area.
    References :

  • coonladylori

    Chicken wire will only keep chickens in, it will not keep out raccoons, weasels, mink, and a host of other predators.

    You need to do several things. Invest in what is called HARDWARE CLOTH, this is 1/4 inch welded wire mesh. You will need to install this on the sides, ceiling and bury it in the floor – all the while attaching it so that there are NO holes, gaps or other weaknesses. Do not use household staples or staple guns, use HORSESHOE nails, they are large, U shaped nails that are at least 3/4 of an inch long, and you need a hammer to attach them.

    Unless you also secure the ceiling, you will have critters climbing the wire or raptors (eagles, hawks, owls…) flying in and nabbing your fowl.

    I am a wildlife rehabber who specializes in assisting folks with problem wildlife…trust me, the solution is not easy or cheap.

    Good luck.
    References :