Mouse Proof Coop and Run

By Goathead, Jul 20, 2015 | Updated: Jul 20, 2015 | | |
  1. Goathead
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    Okay, so my coop and run are not completely mouse proof but that was our goal. We had lost 2 different flocks of chickens to minks and I did not want to lose any more. We started by excavating out 1 foot of dirt and then framed that area in landscape timbers. We moved in a used shed and placed it on top of 3 stacked timbers so the chickens would have access to an area under the coop. We placed metal siding as a base.
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    We covered the siding with 3 inches of 1 1/2 inch rock.
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    We put landscape fabric over the rock and covered the fabric with about 6 inches of sand.
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    We framed the run with 4x4 posts and attached a metal roof.
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    We moved a small portable coop into the middle of the run.
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    We used metal sheets (masons or stucco) to secure the coop. We used screws and large washers and attached them to the 4x4 posts.
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    The sheets were easier to work with then the hardware cloth. We did patch any areas that a mink (or mouse) could squeeze into with hardware cloth. We used a metal screen door.


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    This last winter I wrapped the North, East and West sides of the run in plastic and it stayed dry and warm. My chickens loved it. I added different perches in the run. The run has been completed a little over a year and I really can't think of anything I would change. I like having the sand base. I can go in and scoop poop every day and it stays very clean. We have raccoons and minks and have not had any more problems with them bothering the chickens. I leave the door open from the coop to the run 24/7. I let them out of the run into the yard only when I am out there.
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  1. Goathead
    Thank you! I do love bright colors! It is a really big run. I make it extra large because I felt bad when I had to make the decision to not let the girls free range unless I was out there. We lost 2 hens in the middle of the day when I thought they would be safe. I think that was from a neighbor's cat. :-(
  2. Miss Lydia
    Good job looks great too and safe which is so very important.
  3. CharMac76
    I love the color of your coop! I also like how much space it has inside the run. Great job!

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