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Free Range Run and Water Tank Coop

  1. 1Katinka1
    I live on a 40 acre property in QLD, Australia. My chicken 'run' is about 1 acre, and they just free range around, returning to be locked in the coop at night. They are guarded by a maremma sheepdog the whole time. I have never had any attacks on my adult chickens from birds, and foxes have been the only problem I have had, but was rectified by the maremma. The fence is 6 foot dog wire.

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    Moose the Maremma.
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    I have a small area in the chicken pen that is my vegetable garden. It is fenced in dog wire, with a chicken wire roof, and lined along the bottom with bird wire mesh and besser bricks.

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    My 3 call ducks and 4 muscovy ducks sleep in a green shed with a homemade shade cloth gazebo at the front. They live right next to the veggie garden :)
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    The ducks and geese have a pond to swim in.

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    The chickens go to sleep in an old metal water tank. Nothing can get in, as, being a tank, it has a solid metal floor and roof. The 2 silkie chicks I have spend the day in a little square run next to the coop, safe and sound. They spend the night in a birdcage with a pillowy thing they can snuggle.
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    The design of the coop on the inside is fairly simple, so I can clean it easily and spot any snakes that wander in. The ladder is where they sleep, although some like to sit on the top of the nesting boxes.
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    I have a coop I bought on ebay, but it is way too small. Some chickens love to lay in it though, especially the old english game bantam.

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    There are plenty of places to hide in from rain etc. and lots of shade.

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    That's about it. My chickens are happy and healthy, free ranging all day, every day :)

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  1. celticgarden
    Very nice to see your setup from down under!
  2. Trefoil
    Great setup.

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