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cattle panel run caves in with weight of the snow last night

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Hi all,

we had built our chicken run with cattle panels in a hoop style covered with a large tarp- has worked great until last night!
I went out to feed and water this morning , and as I got to the chicken coop saw that the entire run had caved in - down the middle - with the weight of the snow sliding off of the coop roof.  luckily no chickens were in there,as they were still locked up in the coop.
DH went out and shoveled the snow out of the middle, and went inside to raise it up with his shoulders.  he managed to get all of the panels raised back up, and braced landscape timbers down the middle of the run.  it won't cave in now,
but we wanted to let anyone who may have built a hoop style run out of cattle panels  to make sure to support it down the middle.

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How wide was your base?  Crystal

Blessed every day of my life with one wonderful hubby, three beautiful daughters and two handsome boys, 7 babydoll sheep, 5 pygmies, 8 gunieas,  a beautifulnpair of peacocks , 1 bei hen 1grey call 1RP turkey Jake a pair of narries, a spoiled rabbit, and a potbelly pig who needs a good home.  And on and on it goes! I can't spell to save my life.
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Blessed every day of my life with one wonderful hubby, three beautiful daughters and two handsome boys, 7 babydoll sheep, 5 pygmies, 8 gunieas,  a beautifulnpair of peacocks , 1 bei hen 1grey call 1RP turkey Jake a pair of narries, a spoiled rabbit, and a potbelly pig who needs a good home.  And on and on it goes! I can't spell to save my life.
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post #3 of 15

I have seen some of those cattle or horse panels that bent very easily-within a couple of months they were pretzels. Some of them don't seem to be strong at all.

Glad your chooks are OK.

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I also used landscape timbers to brace my hardware cloth covered cattle panel run.

http://waynesgarden.com/images_misc/chickens/coop_braced_12-20-08.jpg

In addition, the curve of the panel is reinforced by several lengths of wire acting as a collar tie would on a framed roof.

http://www.waynesgarden.com/images_misc/chickens/coop_side_dwg.jpg

Good luck. We've got several feet expected to fall before today's storm ends.

'Tis the season....

Wayne


Edited by waynesgarden - 1/28/09 at 11:49am
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post #5 of 15

And another note: Don't run wiring to your coops as shown in my picture.

Wayne

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Originally Posted by waynesgarden 

And another note: Don't run wiring to your coops as shown in my picture.

Wayne


yuckyuck  Looks like something I would do, glad you warned me!!  wink

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Citygirl loving country living with DH and my 3 children!  It's our own little "farm" on 2acres in Eastern Nebraska.  1 quarter horses-Skipper, Jack our Black Lab, Lucy grey farm cat,4 kittens, 3 Khaki Campbell ducks & a pair of Sebbies!
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post #7 of 15

btw Wayne, *nice* run... I like the idea of putting the *side* of the hoop-coop-style run against the coop, instead of the end!

Pat

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Hi! We did that but with 2 panels- set the ends of the panels on the ground hooked it to t -posts, coop inside the pen.  Panels for ends also. I didn't take pic's dec. of 07 was our ice storm and our coop had a tree branch on it, caved but hit the top of our coop and sprang back after the ice/limb was gone. We run a extention cord along one side then into the coop. We have peas in ours.

I am always hatching something from-3 peafowl (purple cock over purple hen and a blue split to white hen), a pair of red golden pheasants, 3 muscovy ducks, 4 BCM (1 roo/3 hens), 7 EE (1 roo, 5 hens of various colors), 7 silkies 1 showgirl hen, several mixed laying hens, 6 coturnix quail. More farm life with goats and rabbits.  One wonderful man, a grown son and daughter and 4 grand kids.

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I am always hatching something from-3 peafowl (purple cock over purple hen and a blue split to white hen), a pair of red golden pheasants, 3 muscovy ducks, 4 BCM (1 roo/3 hens), 7 EE (1 roo, 5 hens of various colors), 7 silkies 1 showgirl hen, several mixed laying hens, 6 coturnix quail. More farm life with goats and rabbits.  One wonderful man, a grown son and daughter and 4 grand kids.

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post #9 of 15

hey Wayne...  I like the chicken cutout on your door...
this forum gives me so many great ideas.....smile

No matter how much we push the envelope it is still stationary......
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No matter how much we push the envelope it is still stationary......
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post #10 of 15

I saw that and thought it was adorable, was actually looking to see if it was the "chicken door" before realizing that the panels are the inside of the run to keep them in, not let them out.

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