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post #11 of 17
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I'd sink some hogwire into the ground, 

That's a lot of work when simply laying it on top of the ground will serve the same purpose

post #12 of 17

Bear foot is correct, the simplest way is too just lay down chain link. I used 4' chain link that I cut down the center with bolt cutters. This gave me 2' wide strips too lay down.

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post #13 of 17
To each their own. Digging critters are a big problem hereabouts, so I've taken to trenching around the run and putting the hogwire down and then filling in. I make an apron of heavy gauge poultry wire and lay that out parallel to the ground and fill in over it. After a year of that design, no critters have made it in - but in years past, when I didnt bury some down, I always seemed to have one or two get in each season.

A lot depends on the local wildlfe pressure I suppose. In this neighborhood we lose chickens to mostly bear and bobcat, but also some to fox, coyote and, of. Course, hawks.

Funny tho, never seen a hawk dig. wink.png
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RIR's, EE's, Iowa Blues, and Cuckoo Marans - including Cornelius, the oversized roo in the profile pic.

The chickens help manage our little vineyard, orchard, and garden. Our focus is on sustainability - long term healthy farm production with minimal external inputs and zero tolerance for GMO's, pesticides, herbicides, store-bought fertilizers, and politicians.
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post #14 of 17

Yes, I could understand if you are laying down chicken wire as an apron. My dog would eat that for breakfast.  Lay down chain link. Predators just don't get the fact that they have to go back two or four feet to start their digging. Now if bears are truly an issue then electric would have to be added as well. Digging wouldn't matter at that point. Tearing apart your run and coup would.

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post #15 of 17

To the orginal poster, Chain link for the run is fine, but is not totally secure. Raccoons and possibly possums can easily reach through it and pull the heads right off your chickens. I have seen coons out and about in the early am and evenings.  I added 2' of chicken wire to the inside of mine just in case (not as good as hardware cloth but oh well). Just something to think about

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post #16 of 17

I have some chain link dog runs here, i just add chicken wire to the first 2/3ft to keep heads from poking through, all birds are in secure housing at night. Does depend on what your dealing with though, here i have a large flock of ducks that free range and my standard chickens do too, so the pens are purely for keeping the smaller bantam birds in and nothing more.

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post #17 of 17
Love this idea, thinking about doing a similar model. What were the dimentions of the dog kennel?
Thanks!!
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