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I've had chicks in my main garden all season, due to having too many separate batches.  The last two in the garden now were brooded by a new "maybe want to be a mom", and she only knew how to set, and I had to save the last two chicks.  Looks like they are both pullets!!  No one has done damage to any of the vegetable plants.

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@mlowen

I don't see your tunnels on the coop page..... want to post some here?  pop.gif


I'm out of town until next week, so no access to the pictures. Will post when I can. Thanks.
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I'm back. Here are the chicken tunnels. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the tunnels I built frames from 4 to 12 feet long, 2 feet wide. I cut 4 foot 2x4 welded wire fencing the length of the frame and stapled/u-nailed it on the sides of the frame. That makes the "tunnel" part a perfect height for the chickens. They look like high school track runners when they run down the tunnels, jumping over the cross braces.

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For the tunnels I built frames from 4 to 12 feet long, 2 feet wide. I cut 4 foot 2x4 welded wire fencing the length of the frame and stapled/u-nailed it on the sides of the frame. That makes the "tunnel" part a perfect height for the chickens. They look like high school track runners when they run down the tunnels, jumping over the cross braces.

I love those tunnels...great idea!

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Small farm raising Christmas trees and chickens:  Svart Hona, German Bielefelders, Swedish Isbar(Silverudd's Blues) & Flowers, Sulmtalers, Crested Creme Legbars, Easter Eggers & Olive Eggers, Silkies, Appenzellar Spitzhaubens, White Pavlovskaya, Queen Silvia and Marsh Dasies...Oh yeah...

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 "What lies before us and what lies behind...are tiny matters when compared to what lies within" RW Emerson

 

Small farm raising Christmas trees and chickens:  Svart Hona, German Bielefelders, Swedish Isbar(Silverudd's Blues) & Flowers, Sulmtalers, Crested Creme Legbars, Easter Eggers & Olive Eggers, Silkies, Appenzellar Spitzhaubens, White Pavlovskaya, Queen Silvia and Marsh Dasies...Oh yeah...

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@mlowen

 

It looks like you are using your tunnels to primarily move chickens from one covered area to another.  Are all the areas that you let them into completely covered over the top for hawk protection?

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I'm back. Here are the chicken tunnels. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Love this idea. I'd have to make mine larger to allow turkeys access if I decided to let them. I hate restricting them because I am sure they eat chiggers and now I can walk where ever they go.

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Originally Posted by mlowen View Post
 

For the tunnels I built frames from 4 to 12 feet long, 2 feet wide. I cut 4 foot 2x4 welded wire fencing the length of the frame and stapled/u-nailed it on the sides of the frame. That makes the "tunnel" part a perfect height for the chickens. They look like high school track runners when they run down the tunnels, jumping over the cross braces.


for your tunnels how do you keep them from rolling over in the wind?  I like the tunnel idea. 

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for your tunnels how do you keep them from rolling over in the wind?  I like the tunnel idea. 

The frames are rough cut hemlock. They'll stand a gale. I think even 2x3 or 2x4 lumber would not roll in wind. The fencing lets wind flow right through it.
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@mlowen


It looks like you are using your tunnels to primarily move chickens from one covered area to another.  Are all the areas that you let them into completely covered over the top for hawk protection?

The tunnels are to move from one area to another. I have hot pink string up in the yard and behind the coop. I don't know that it really protects from hawks. My hope is that it at least looks weird enough from the sky that it gives them pause. My town's ordinance requires chickens to be behind a fence at all times and I can't afford to fence my whole property--small though it is.
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