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post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by crazyhen 

smokinjay.
Please use full 2x4s. We made the two by two and they have sagged and twisted terrible.   I have had my run for two years and am thinking about putting the 2x4's in to reinforce the top.  The chicken wire flexes and with wt on top really goes down, and stays down.   I have replaced part of the top already with the hardware cloth. If you do not want to use hardware cloth use the welded 2x4 wire.  At least it keeps out the big critters and the flying hawks etc.  It will not keep out a weasel or rat though.  Neither will the chicken wire. Gloria Jean


I will post some pics next week, but just picture the one in this thread then studed out with 2x2's 16 inch on center. You could have a party of 5 on that roof with no issues. Its a brick crap house and cheaper than the hardwire. jmho My roof trusses are 2x2 as well! lol this thing has no give soild as a rock.


Edited by smokinjay - 9/23/11 at 7:05am
post #12 of 23

chicken wire is worthless, even brand new, most critters can tear it up..

hardward cloth is also a waste.. It comes in such tiny ammounts, and for what they cost.. cost is rediculous.

welded wire is also just as poor of a decision as the two above.  it lasts great for a few years, but after about 5.. it's just as easy to get in as the chicken wire..  once those welds get a tad of rusty, they'll pop off in huge sheets.

The best wire by far and away... is field fencing, with 2x4 openings=- it's the same as the 2x4 welded wire-- but the wires are twisted together, instead of welded..  I tried a quick google search, and came up with this.http://www.tractorsupply.com/fencing/field-fencing/non-climb-fence-48-in-h-x-200-ft-black-finish-3610333  It's not what I'm thinking of, that I can tell as this picture is terrible.

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post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Capvin 

This site is really an amazing source of information.


Absolutely no doubt... every time I think I'm good, I read something on here and then I'm back out working the run/coop. Big thanks to all those that post their experiences; it sure helps the noobs like me! smile

post #14 of 23

I agree, on my run the top next to the coop over concrete is solid. The part over dirt is wire.
If you get rain or snow where you live you'll thank your lucky stars for some dry outdoor space.

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post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by loanwizard 

I may have misread that. Unless the cat is a huge Tom, I wouldn't worry. At 5 months, they're full grown. Unless they're bantams, there shouldn't be an issue. For a top, chicken wire works. Not for coon, but for a cat I would think it would be ok.

As far as size, how many chickens do you have and what kind are they?

Good Luck,
Shawn


I'm not sure if it was a Tom or not, but it jumped my 6 foot fence.  It was stalking one of my chickens and I scared it away. 
I have three hens in a small backyard in a city of 250,000 people.  I have a speckled sussex, a black australorp (the biggest) and a golden comet.

~one hubby, two kids, two maltese, three hens (black Australorp; specked Sussex; Golden Comet)~
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post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by ceeceeholt 

We used welded wire and over lapped it with chicken wire on the teenagers side so they can't get out.  We also, used 2x2 inch welded wire for the top as we have hawks.  We used welded wire because it was all free and it is working out very well for us.  It is sturdy and the chickens cannot get out nor has anything tried to get in, including our cats.  Here are a couple of pictures of the run.
Good luck with yours.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/103921_coopbabies_1.jpg
The run is 20x20 and is split down the middle with the older girls on one side and the teenagers on the other

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/103921_coopbabies_2.jpg


Thanks for the pictures!  It helps!

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post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Capvin 

This site is really an amazing source of information.  All you need to do is read the coop & run section along with the Predator section and you will quickly comt to the conclusion that the ONLY thing to use is hardware cloth all over if you really want to make your run as predator proof as possible.  As for the top a sol;id roof is best but hardware cloth will do.


I think I'm convinced!

~one hubby, two kids, two maltese, three hens (black Australorp; specked Sussex; Golden Comet)~
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post #18 of 23

Hey new Chick Chick,
I live in a city with ?able chicken laws.  My coop is 4x5 and the run extends under it.  It is 18" off the ground and I wish I went the full 24 just for cleaning purposes.  Here is a pic. All covered with 1/2" hardware cloth and fiberglass roof. Total run is 4 x 10.9 due to pattio block spacing.  I have a mixed flock of 5 full size girls welcome-byc

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/92714_gedc0320.jpg


Edited by rngrbill - 9/23/11 at 2:05pm
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post #19 of 23

The best thing is either chainlink or WOVEN (not welded) wire with hardware cloth over it.  Hardware cloth is much better than chicken wire but neither it, nor heavier gauge welded wire, can keep out a determined larger predator (i.e., large dog). My small dog can tear through heavy welded wire in a digging apron (he has no access to the chickens but this is a digging apron on the inside of the dogs' yard.  WOVEN wire he has no chance with.

You only need hardware cloth 2 feet up the walls of the pen and over windows, etc. (again, much safer if the hardware cloth is on top of WOVEN wire--the hardware cloth prevents 'coon hands from reaching in; the woven wire prevents the whole thing from being torn out).

My runs are chainlink w/ a woven wire digging apron and hardware cloth 2 feet up the sides.  The top is woven wire. See pix at my BYC page. smile

Elizabeth
Clarice (Barred Rock), Svetlana (sex-link), Audrey (AraucanaX) and Bianco (Brahma/RIR roo).
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post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rngrbill 

Hey new Chick Chick,
I live in a city with ?able chicken laws.  My coop is 4x5 and the run extends under it.  It is 18" off the ground and I wish I went the full 24 just for cleaning purposes.  Here is a pic. All covered with 1/2" hardware cloth and fiberglass roof. Total run is 4 x 10.9 due to pattio block spacing.  I have a mixed flock of 5 full size girls welcome-byc

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/92714_gedc0320.jpg


Looks like a great setup.  Thanks for the picture!  smile

~one hubby, two kids, two maltese, three hens (black Australorp; specked Sussex; Golden Comet)~
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