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Originally Posted by Quackalackin View Post

I'm still working on my outdoor coop while my ducks are sleeping in the barn right now with my goats and donkeys. I'm using a 8x24 foot chain link dog run as my base structure and will be adding hardware cloth to the bottom four feet as predator protection. I read somewhere that 4 feet of hardware cloth should be the minimum. You should think about diggers as well. I'll be burying horse fencing underneath the entire run as well as 1-2 feet out in all directions to prevent those diggers. I'm still unsure about what I'm doing for the top of the enclosure though. maybe just more horse fencing well secured? Within the coop they'll also have a couple modified dog houses for cover, but I intend to make the entire run secure so they don't have to be locked in the little houses

I never thought about it, but I like your touches of color with some paint! Seems like such a cheap and easy way to make the enclose pop. Too bad mine will be mostly metal... Maybe I'll have to paint the dog houses! What are you using for bedding, if any, outside? So far mine have just been on the grass outside while I've been trying the deep litter method in their stall, but I'm still unsure what to do for bedding that could be rained on... Their grass is getting kinda gross...


Thank you so much for posting and helping me out! Yes I also love the pop of color :). I have gravel in the run part and using straw in the house. 

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Originally Posted by Amiga View Post
 

That's beautiful!

 

And yes, half inch metal hardware cloth saves lives.

 

You have some ventilation for the house, yes?  I covered all openings including vents with the half inch metal hardware cloth.

 

If you send someone to get it, please tell them to read the label and look at the product careully.  Some big box stores sell plastic "hardware cloth."  Not useful.

 

For keeping diggers out of the day pen, I rolled out coated chain link across the bottom and fastened it to the base of the pen.


Yes I do have the top vented and never thought of making sure that had wire also. Thank you! 

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