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We are work on our run. We have a large "dog run" that was here and has been unused. We are planning to put that up and then line it with 1/2" galvanized hardware cloth. The run will actually be about 7 ft high, but we were only planning to put the hardware cloth up about 3 feet around the existing metal kennel fencing. We were planning to cover the top with chickenwire. Do we need to put the hardware cloth up to the very top or will the fencing which is about about 3" by 6" squares be okay up that high? The run will only be open during the day and at night they will be closed behind a secure door in the coop. Also, should we instead put asolid roof on the run instead of the chicken wire?
I think I have a solid coop design, the only question now is how to set up our run. I was thinking of using my chain link aas one edge, the side of my garage will be the other edge and then the last two will be chicken wire. Does that sound ok? How high should the fences be? I dont plan on covering the run since half of it is under a tree and should keep hawks out. Any suggestions or thought?
My situation is very similar. Our garage is one side of the run, the backyard chain link fence is another and for the other sides though, we used 6' welded wire fence and 4' foot 1/2 in. Hardware cloth with 1' foot pushed under the fence to create a skirt that is held down with landscape staples. Hubby laid down each section and stapled a 6" wide board along the bottom at the 1 foot mark, bent one foot of wire over to create an "L" shape and shoved that under the fence. The board is on the inside of the fence. Hope that explanation made sense. It was time consuming and I was thankful we only had to do two sides. Chicken wire only keeps chickens in and nothing out. We put chicken wire over a section of the run(since we have an apple tree inside the run) and a couple days ago an eagle flew down as low as the tree top scoping out my chickens. If the chicken wire had not been there he would have had a chick....the tree was no deterrent. Of course my chickens raced into the coop ....and stayed for over an hour after the eagle left. They were petrified and quiet as mice. I am 4 miles from a river and we have constant eagles and hawks. I would never put them in an uncovered run because of that. There are lots of ideas on how to cover a run if you do a search on here.
I recommend covering the run, not just because of predators, but just to stop wild birds coming in there helping themselves to food (and maybe bringing diseases to the chickens). Some of my girls are in an open yard at the moment and the crows are a nuisance. I'm going to move them to a covered run to get rid of the crows and pigeons and everyone else who think the chicken food is also provided for them.