Originally Posted by swatchick
Thanks for the photos, speckledhen! How high above grade did you make it? Any problem with chickens or other critters going under it? That's one of the things I've trying to figure out -- a run on a slope, because where I'm at, without a predator proof run, the whole lot of them would probably be gone in about half an hour even during the daytime.
The front was about 1 foot off the ground and I'm not sure about the back, maybe 2 feet. When you have a slope like that, you really need a good level. It will look weird to you, even appearing to be raised up at the back end-trick of the eye with the slope, but a level will insure you have a solid, level foundation.
Originally, the pen was in the front of the coop and now, it is a humongous one off the back down that slope because we ended up with many more chickens than the original 8x8 held (hence the addition). When the pen was off the front, we didn't have issues with critters underneath because it was a good bit off the ground--there was too much daylight under there for anything to really hide and when the girls free ranged, they went under there and flushed anything that might have wanted to be there. Now, of course, the girls themselves hang out under there all the time--nothing else has a chance, LOL.