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How far apart should I set the posts for the run?

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I'm planning a run that is 8' wide by 17' 6" long.  It will be almost 7' high (don't ask why!).

 

I'm going to sink 4x4's in the ground and have runners at the bottom, middle, and top of the fence, and then I was going to attach hardware cloth to that.  All along I've been planning to space the 4x4's 8' apart, but now that I'm looking at it, I wonder if that is close enough for the hardware cloth to be well-supported.  Will the structure be too flimsy to hold up to a determined predator (we have coyote, raccoons, mink, hawks)?  I'm going to run the hardware cloth across the top too.

 

Should the 4x4's be closer together than 8'?

 

Thanks!!

Big Mama Amelia (Amy) - Brahmas, Cricket & Adele - Australorps, Salmonella (Sally) - Faverolle , Dr. Pecker - Speckled Sussex, Deinonychus (Dina), Charlotte & Mother Clucker - Welsummers, Hazel & Briotti - Buckeyes, Khaleesi & Billie - GLWs, The Hamburgler - Silver Spangled Hamburg, Duck - Sicilian Buttercup.

 

I use free range, Fermented Feed, & the Deep Litter Method.

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Big Mama Amelia (Amy) - Brahmas, Cricket & Adele - Australorps, Salmonella (Sally) - Faverolle , Dr. Pecker - Speckled Sussex, Deinonychus (Dina), Charlotte & Mother Clucker - Welsummers, Hazel & Briotti - Buckeyes, Khaleesi & Billie - GLWs, The Hamburgler - Silver Spangled Hamburg, Duck - Sicilian Buttercup.

 

I use free range, Fermented Feed, & the Deep Litter Method.

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I think 8' is close enough for the 4x4's with the 3 horizontal runners (2x4's?) to attach the HC to....you could always add a vertical 2x4 to the runners if needed.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much space your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is always seen as 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much space your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is always seen as 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

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Yes, the runners will be 2x4.  OK, we'll start with the 8' spread.  Thanks!!
 

Big Mama Amelia (Amy) - Brahmas, Cricket & Adele - Australorps, Salmonella (Sally) - Faverolle , Dr. Pecker - Speckled Sussex, Deinonychus (Dina), Charlotte & Mother Clucker - Welsummers, Hazel & Briotti - Buckeyes, Khaleesi & Billie - GLWs, The Hamburgler - Silver Spangled Hamburg, Duck - Sicilian Buttercup.

 

I use free range, Fermented Feed, & the Deep Litter Method.

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Big Mama Amelia (Amy) - Brahmas, Cricket & Adele - Australorps, Salmonella (Sally) - Faverolle , Dr. Pecker - Speckled Sussex, Deinonychus (Dina), Charlotte & Mother Clucker - Welsummers, Hazel & Briotti - Buckeyes, Khaleesi & Billie - GLWs, The Hamburgler - Silver Spangled Hamburg, Duck - Sicilian Buttercup.

 

I use free range, Fermented Feed, & the Deep Litter Method.

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