a way to attach the apron to the ground

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by YolandaT, May 23, 2010.

  1. YolandaT

    YolandaT Out Of The Brooder

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    Today I had a "lightbulb" idea, so thought I'd share!

    We are building a chicken run and I've been debating whether to put a wire floor, dig the wire down into the ground, or use an apron. The apron idea is the best for my purposes because its the easiest and I want the chickens to be able to fully enjoy the ground. They will be in their coop at night, but if we get home late or something I want to be sure the run is as safe as can be until I can close the coop door.

    I've been trying to figure out how to attach the apron to the ground - I know we could just put leaves and/or rocks on it but that didnt' seem secure enough. Tent stakes and other similar items are SO expensive, it's crazy.

    I'm cleaning up the bathroom and I see a container of..... here it comes.... Bobby Pins! They work PERFECTLY! You just shove them vertically into the ground over pieces of wire, and now the apron is secure as can be. A very cheap and easy solution!
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use sod staples they are about 6" tall and work real good.
     
  3. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran the garden tiller around the outside of my 'run' ( chicken yard here in Ga. ) shoveled out the dirt with a square point shonel laid the apron in the 14 inch wide hole , attached it to the bottom of the fence ( put up at the same time ) with cage clips and put the dirt back over it so the apron is about 4 to 5 inches underground and out of sight . used 12 gague 2x2 welded wire 6 fy tall for the walls .
    Don't hold biddies very well but holds layers fine .
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I just lay mine flat on the ground, and cover it with a couple of inches of dirt or compost.
    In about a week the grass will start growing up through it, and the roots hold it in place
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use landscape fabric staples. Same idea as the bobby pins but bigger so they go down deeper into the ground.
     

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