Originally Posted by jmayday
Look what I did today
Buried the block and put hardware cloth on run. Then I decided to paint my new coop.
Them let the chicks out for fresh air
Looking great!! You will be glad later for the peace of mind your extra work now will give you! Those blocks are a lot of work but well worth it!
Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
I will be improving on my run and building a better coop at the end of April.....................
I am wondering about the run.............I see signs of diggers trying to get under..............some of these diggers I think are chipmunks ....................or a rodent of some type.
they have made tunnels under.
I feel my chickens have been safe in the daytime and this intrusion occurs at night.
I see you buried the block in your pictures..............will this be sufficient? I imagine if a digger tries to go under the weight of the bllock will impact the tunnel and perhaps a longer distance is needed to go under..........
I see some people put a wire mesh apron on their runs..................
and some people dig their mesh down a distance...........
What do you all think is best............buried block, an apron , or a straight down depth of wire?
Its a lot of work to do this so I want to pick a good technique and hopefully this years improvements will be durable and last a while.
All will work, though the block is probably the most solid barrier and won't need replaced or repaired, since wire can rust or be chewed through or lifted if an animal really, really works at it. I placed a bunch of heavy, flat sandstone around the back of my run, it extends about 1.5 to 2 feet from the fence and is 3 or 4 rocks deep. The goal is to cause an animal to have to tunnel to get in rather than just dig a shallow hole to duck under the wire.
The other thing to consider is the amount of time it would take to breach the barrier... make sure any run area is surrounded by a 'buffer zone' of cleared area, so a visual inspection can be done daily to see if the area is disturbed. If you have shrubs or woods right against the run it provides a good place for a predator to hide and can hide their activity also. You may miss seeing signs of digging and given a few days (or nights) to work on a dig a determined predator may get through eventually.
Even if you feel your coop is protected in your private back yard (even if it is a fenced yard)... build your run as if a sneaky neighborhood stray could get in whenever they wanted... because it is amazing just how resourceful a hungry dog or fox or coyote can be... not to mention a raccoon. Make sure latches are well secured and fencing is all able to withstand at least minor stresses.
Originally Posted by GR Chicks
Originally Posted by chiques chicks
I have a five gallon bucket. I started with water, unfiltered apple cider (maybe a cup? I just dumped some in), maybe some year of some sort if I have any around. Added some feed and scratch and stirred it around until it looked like thick soup. Cover but didn't seal ( move like it).
Every day I scoop out what I need, maybe 2/3 of it, to feed and add more wate, stir it up, add more feed and scratch, repeat every day.
I try to get a thick mash, like a loaf so I don't have to drain it.
I some the old stuff starts off the new I add every day.
I have no idea if this is the right way, but my birds wait for it and they have free choice of dry feed at all times.
Thanks, how many chickens does 2/3 of a bucket feed for you? I have 23 currently.
Interested to hear how folks handle larger flocks also... we currently have 31 adults, 17 chicks (with 2 more hatches due in the next 2 weeks) and 12 meaties, which will be added to also in the next couple of weeks, since we stagger our meaty raising so the butchering is done on multiple dates.