If you’ve been following along you probably remember back in July when a weasel got into my chicken coop and killed all my chickens. I was ready to give up, but somehow I couldn’t . I realized that my fence around the chicken yard was no challenge for animals with climbing abilities. I ordered new chicks and began working on Super Max.
The first thing I did was to cover all vent holes in ½ inch hardware cloth and close the gap under the door. Then I removed all the chicken wire in their run and the deer netting that covered the run. The deer netting was there to prevent them from flying out or hawks from flying in.
Next I dug a two foot deep trench around the parameter and I buried sheets of corrugated metal roofing and back filled with rocks and bricks and broken flower pots. Above ground I framed a fence that is seven feet high and I also framed a roof. I ran ½ inch hardware cloth over every vertical surface and corrugated metal roofing over the top. The good thing about the roof is now the chicken yard won’t be a muddy stinky mess all winter. Now all I have to do is paint the coop.
I now feel confident our chickens will never have a night of horror like my last flock. They only have to watch out for local dogs when the free range during the day.