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I have 2 retaining walls of 2x12 treated Redwood. Not very visible in the last pic. Angled up from lower left to upper right. That helps alot. Much of the erosion is due to the hens digging a dust pit-even in the rain, yes- right in front of the door.
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OH I do see the red wood. When my chicks were I nailed a couple broads together and set them on the inside of the door of my run to keep them in and give me time to get theu the door without stepping on any ot any getting out. They always crowded the door when they saw me coming. I was thinking the same concept might help you, but with old chickens digging maybe not
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The Ladies - 5 white leghorn, 5 red sexlink, 5 black sexlink, 5 Sagitta pullets, 1 Sagitta roo.

Quail - 6 Texas A&M, 7 Jumbo, 4 Tibetan, 5 golden, 3 tuxedo

Turkeys - 5 broad breasted brown, 3 commercial white
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post #13 of 15
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My chicken door is wide enough for two birds to squeeze through. I have them (mostly) trained to a bell to come in when I want them to, so they tend to crowd through the door. It's really funny to see 3-4 heads poking through the door as they try and get through.

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Originally Posted by oaklandgurlz View Post

I have 2 retaining walls of 2x12 treated Redwood. Not very visible in the last pic. Angled up from lower left to upper right. That helps alot. Much of the erosion is due to the hens digging a dust pit-even in the rain, yes- right in front of the door.

What if you put a pan in there with sand or dirt or whatever for them to take dust baths in maybe that would help with them digging one? Although if you don't have a cover over the run I suppose rain would get in it? Just a thought though.
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Mother of 2, homeschool, have 2 Red Stars, 2 BB, 2 EE, and 2 RR. 1 2 yr old naughty chocolate lab  puppy, 1 14 yr old cockerspaniel. Check out my new blog on keeping chickens, gardening, and growing antique roses in the south at www.hennypennyrosecottage.blogspot.com
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post #15 of 15
We just finished our chicken run pen on a steep slope. It was a challenge, but hopefully predator proof.
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