Originally Posted by Blarneyeggs I have 3 permanent runs. They are all situated on higher elevation and covered, this helps keep the mud down. I use spent hay, it's free for me and gives the chooks something to scratch around in, it 'catches' a lot of the droppings, so when I rake it out, I get a lot of the droppings too. The bottom 2 feet of our runs are hardware cloth, we also run chicken wire underground from the outside walls of the run 2 feet out and about 8 inches deep (to discourage predators from digging. I would recommend making a run tall enough for you to stand for cleaning and catching the birds..
Thanks! I will definitely make it acesiable for standing, I had heard that tip before, but it surely bears repeating.
Originally Posted by fisherlady
Annie... are you building in your yard area or near wooded areas? My preference is that if it is an area which may be prone to predators such as fox or raccoon then the wire you use to enclose the run must be much heavier than chicken wire... unfortunately chicken wire just doesn't stop fox, coons or coyote at all, they will tear right through it. If you are in a predator prone area you should go with a heavier hardware cloth or even chain link fencing if you can find it reasonable price... it is much more expensive, but can help prevent a tragedy. I think you can still use the push in posts with the hardware cloth if you wanted.
another thing we did to further secure ours, since it is against a wooded area... is we collected every rock we ever dug up around here and piled it around the base of the fence to create an 'impossible to dig' zone... the rock pile extends at least a foot or foot and a half away from the base of the fence and any predator trying to dig under the fence would have to dig down and then tunnel quite a way to get into the run.
We are in the burbs (see avatar name
) with a fully fenced in back yard, so predators should be pretty limited from the fencing and our dog. We have seen a fox, but never in our yard. I found some metal fencing for free last yeah so I will use that, and IId I run out, I have hardware cloth as well. I love the rock pile idea. Decorative an functional!
Originally Posted by wingstone
Those fox are out and about right now,,,thinking they might have babies with them by now,,,been seeing lots of them on my way home from work lately
Boo foxes in the yard!