South Carolina - Page 2092
My girls are apparently bored! We went out to feed them, collect eggs, and did a quick security check around the run fence. Some enterprising ladies have just about dug out the inside of the fence and in the areas we had already re enforced with brick pavers they have started digging under those! Sheesh! Their coop and run are on a hill so with the girls digging up the soil the rain just washes it out of the run and down the hill! Guess it's a good thing we had planned on using our tax return to add onto their run and build raised beds all around the outside! The intent was to add a layer of protection from the outside to keep the predators out, now its going to be a layer to keep the girls in! Guess I'm going to need two truck loads of sand for run repairs! The run extension is going to have a Chicken playground in it, roosts at different heights, ramps to climb over and under, a place to hang fruits and vegies for them to peck at and enough room for another kiddie pool filled with sand for a dustbath. That should keep them from getting bored!
You can try putting a layer of chicken wire INSIDE the run. If you angle it down a bit from ground level at the wall downwards several inches towards the center, it prevents them from finding the edge. For example, a two foot roll of chicken wire would be fixed to the wall at ground level and would be six inches to a foot deep at the inner edge. So they just dig near the wall and hit the chicken wire and stop. They dig backwards a foot or so and still hit chicken wire. They quit, because the wire seems to have no edge. With flat pavers, they see the edge and then dig at the edge. You add another set of pavers and they see the new edge and dig there. You could actually do the same thing with the pavers if they were also angled like that. It does require some effort to dig it in, but it's a permanent fix if it's done right.