Littles Safe Zone

By chick rookie · Sep 21, 2015 · ·
  1. chick rookie

    This is The Little's Safe Zone.
    I had been telling DH the a Falcon had been killing my chicks and small Silkies, of course DH said it had to be a hawk.

    Well he was home early from work one day and the "Hawk" struck again!! This time it got one of his favorite breeds a "BO " chick was the victim. I chased it down ( looking back I probably looked like a crazy woman to the neighbors ) The "Hawk" dropped the poor chick but it was too late it died in my hand before I could even get it home.
    When I got back into the yard DH was standing there and the first thing he said was " that was a Falcon " .............. I wont say what I was thinking.
    The next day DH says he had a ideal that would allow me to let the Little's outside and be safe at the same time. Well it's no great invention everyone probably has the same or something similar to what he came up with but I have had a few people ask me about it so I thought instead of explaining it several times over and over I would summit it here.
    Now it was already built at this point and I did not get during pic's but I will give as close to step by step as I can. Keep in mind we already had the outdoor brooder set up it is 77" l x 42" W x 3 1/2' T.
    You will need 6-77" 1x3's , 14-2' 1x3's , and 17-19" 1x3's

    Well I cant seem to load anymore pic's. will come back in a few and try to finish, sorry.
    OK trying again.
    This is one of the top panels, DH made this in panels and light enough I can put it together, tear it down and move it, open it to feed and water just what ever but not even my 10 and 6 year old grand kids need help.
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    The nail you see sticking up is Like a peg to hold the top in place. DH drilled a hole slightly larger than the nail all the way through the top and 1/4 way through the top of the side panel on both ends of each top panel.
    This is what the panels look like off of the run.
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    This is one of the 19" boards. We used them behind all the 2' boards to fill in and help support the wire. By the way we used 3/4" chicken wire, we have weasel problems here and it is said they need a 1" gap to be able to get in. This whole thing sits on an old concrete slab that is buried here that we found when we tried to bury some hardware cloth.
    this is a side panel


    You should end up with 5 panels, 2 tops, 2 sides, and 1 front.
    Any other questions or I didn't make sense on something, let me know and I will do my best to answer and or explain.
    Thanks for looking.

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  1. ronott1
    "good article"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Sep 6, 2018
    Plans and a materials list would make the article better
  2. Nardo
    "Brooder not a coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    This is a good tutorial on how to make a temp shelter or a brooder for chicks.
  3. Cryss
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    Very clever! Would love to see the concrete slab you found. How serendipitous!


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  1. chick rookie
    Thats what the brooder part of this started out to be for. Now I will have to build something for that again... lol maybe another one of these it was cheep and easy.
  2. FarmerMac
    That should work, I have something similar for when a hen has babies.

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