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Chicken moat/run/tunnel/chunnel from collapsable dog pen sections?

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We built our first run/tunnel out of chicken wire and connected it to our small hen house. 

 

You can see it here... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1019121/building-our-first-chicken-tunnel-chunnel-chicken-run

 

It seems to work well. We have 4 hens in it and have had no real issues. What I liked about it was the look and the low cost. My concern is a lack of regular access inside the tunnel for cleaning, maintenance, etc. I also am fearful with the fragility of chicken wire (predator attack, something pushing on the wire and bending it).

 

 

 

We just added a second small coop to our garden area and I am experimenting with making the run out of an old collapsable dog pen/run that was in our storage barn.

 

Here are a couple of very early on pics of me laying it out.

 

 


What I like is the cost (this is two pens that ran $35/ea on Amazon - can get a 16' run), each set came with one panel each that has a lockable doorway, its a pretty heavy gauge wire, allows me to have a top that can be opened at any point, I can add to it or section it off easily, was super easy to construct.

I wanted to ask if anyone else has tried this and if there's anything I need to consider before finishing it out and making it more permanent? I think it should work fine. But I don't want to start cutting it up (to go around the fence post) and hinging it to the fence if there is a concern I'm not considering.

Thanks in advance....

 

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FYI - I'm using one of the included panels with a door where the coop connects to the tunnel. This way I can use that door to secure the coop from anything entering from the tunnel at night (keeps me from having to build a lockable door).

I will also be using metal stakes to hold the walls in place along the run. 

 

The top panels are attached and hinged to the permanent garden fence using commercial metal zip ties (so I can open each top section as needed). Where the top sits on the wall I will use something like a carabiner.

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