Building a run on sloping ground?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MVchickens, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell me how you guys built your runs on sloping ground. Im having trouble making mine. Any help appreciated!
     
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  3. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for that but Im really trying to build a super secure run that nothing could get into. I travel a lot and don't want to have to worry about them. I think my best bet will be to just raise the ground level in that area and build n top of that. Any other suggestions?
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Why raise it ?? leave it sloped. At the least you won't be one of those folks who post every other day that their run's are flooded and OMG what should I do LOL. I have mine on sloped ground just for that reason and it has worked out just fine. You will be happier for it, what problems it that your having with building a sloping run ??.

    AL
     
  5. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True. My problem is the erosion with all the rain and snow, And i cant seem to wrap my mind about fencing it. How would I do that?
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I understand your frustration, think of it like this. The corners need to be wraped like a folded christmas present or a bed sheet. Build the post level & upright then just trim the wood or fencing as you line it up. it will travel down the line just fine and repeat on the next corner.

    AL
     
  7. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Put in verticle posts, 2 feet down and secured in concrete. Use 2x4 welded wire or no climb fencing and attach to 4x4 posts. Follow up with some hardware cloth around the bottom to foil the coons. The 2x4 no climb will follow contours better than the welded wire. Attach the end panels, then attach each side panel. Use the 1 3/4" heavy staples for the 2x4 wire. There will be a little waste on side going down the slope.

    This is what I did for my dog kennel. It isn't sloped, but you can see that you don't have to wrap the corners.
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  8. cajunhillbilly

    cajunhillbilly Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I am with AL on this one! If erosion is a real big concern to you, then get some landscape timbers and position them about a foot or so tall along the fence at your downslope at the end of your run. It should catch all eroding top soil over time!
    I am in the process of building a new coop and run and it will also be on a slope. Well I hope this helps also!
    Karl
     
  9. yellowjacket

    yellowjacket Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine is on a slope-had no other choice than to build it this way.......


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  10. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    Quote:interesting build. looks very sturdy/solid. [​IMG]
     

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