Can I use this for a juvenile, grow-out coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PoultryGirly, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I've been looking around a lot for a coop or something to house juvenile (around 5 weeks) chickens in. I found this: http://www.doghouses.com/dog-kennels/dog-kennels-and-runs/k9kennelchainlink.cfm

    I would definitely cover the chain link part up about 3 feet with chicken wire and the areas with gaps would be patched up too. For housing, I would put a little "coop" in the middle.Thanks!
     
  2. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    That is pretty tiny to put a coop in and allow space for the chicks to grow. Depends on how long you intend to keep them in there. It might work if you moved it occasionally like the chicken tractors.
     
  4. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe---if your coop was elevated so the chickens could forage under it. I also was thinking of using a dog kennel as a chicken yard, It's better than nothing, but it would nt be good for more than a few birds and notonce they get ful grown.
     
  5. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was planning on housing around 5 juries in there for a few weeks with a shelter. The shelter would be pretty small and only for them to stay in at night.
     
  6. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you have another use for it, its a lot of money for a marginal run. Predators will squeeze or dig under and something will have to be put over the wire for the first couple of feet as well. Unless money isn't an issue you may want to look into the different kinds of hoop coop/runs.
     
  7. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted above that if I got this, I would put chicken wire about 3-feet up on it. ;) thanks! Do you have any links to coop/runs?
     
  8. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else have opinions? Thanks'
     
  9. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had one similar that i used for a few meat birds. I guess it depends on how many and how long you want to keep them in it.
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    That's a pricey kennel. I have a 10X10X6, they sell at Agway for $260. I like my kennel as a run, have 7 chickens in it with a 4x4 coop on stilts. Used netting over top to keep hawks out and chickens in. Have not done any other predator proofing than that as they are locked up in coop each night. Did have one loss from a skunk that dug under, may eventually put an apron of welded wire just under the grass around bottom for a foot to prevent digging under.
     

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