Chain link dog kennel for chicken run enclosure ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by zekii, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Anyone here using a chain link fence dog kennel for their chicken run enclosure.
    We have a 15 x 10 foot dog kennel that we plan to attach to the chicken coop for our enclosed chicken run...just trying to get some ideas on how others are
    using similar ? Fastening to the coop, reinforcing with chicken wire...etc ?

  2. Harris5

    Harris5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    Northern CA
    We use all six foot tall chain link dog kennel type pens for our chickens. I would highly suggest the heavy duty type chain link. We do have covers on the top of them to keep critters out and the chickens in. We also run three foot tall chicken wire around the inside of the kennel, attached with zip ties to keep unwanted paws out and chicks in.
  3. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    vancouver island
    I have an outer 20x40 run that is made of 6' high chain link fence. Works great! I thought that coons might be an issue, but I also lock the hens in the coop at night. never see any coons during the day, and the fencing keeps cats and dogs, and other potential threats at bay.
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Currently about half of our pens are chain link, some 4' but most 6'. We too lock our chickens up in the coop at night and the only losses we have had was in coops that I forgot to close at night. So was my own fault. Chain link is great for keeping out dogs which are the main daytime killers around here. The coons, coyotes, possums, weasels, owls, mink, and such are mainly out at night when the flocks are closed up safe & sound.
    Unless you use netting on top you will still have to watch for hawks.
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Quote:That's pretty close to what I use for my brood/grow-out/hospital/ coops. I have an 18" apron of hardware cloth around the outside of the run that's attached to the chainlink with hog rings too---keeps the digging critters out.
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Only reason I don't have one now is because I needed the fences for deaf puppies.

    Do a search for Denali's 3hour coop!
  7. celticravenz

    celticravenz Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2010
    We use a Dog run for both our Chickens and as shelter for our Goat.
    This was how it looked before we got our chickens.
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  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Chainlink works great IF IT IS GOOD QUALITY. Unfortunately quite a lot of kennel chainlink being sold these days is garbage -- a determined dog can pull the strands right apart to make a hole to get out, or in the case of chicken-keeping, get IN.

    Supposing that you have good quality stuff, though, I really like it for a run. The majority of my runs are chainlink (I would not *buy* it just for chickens, prolly, but I had various things around and repurposed them and am very happy with the results). You just have to add something smaller mesh to the bottom 2-3' (or to the whole thing, if you are super paranoid, but IMO that is not worthwhile as long as you close the popdoor securely by the time it gets dark) and block any gaps that may exist at panel corners or around gateways.

    It does not work so great for my sheep, btw. Even if you lash 2x6's onto the inside of the chainlink at headbutt height, they still bash into it enough to stretch/bag it out in places, and you MUST have the screw-on attachments not just the 'clips' (to attach the stretchers to the end posts) because enough headbutting will pop the clips off, ask me how I know [​IMG]

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  9. mcostas

    mcostas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2010
    Mine is a cheap 10 x 10 kennel I got from lowes. I live in town and it works great for me. I have wire over the top and hardware cloth bottom.



    The bottom does not sit on the ground, it's clamped to 2x4's. I used a lot of cable ties, plus wire. It's so much better than hauling a chicken tractor around the yard. My yard is fenced in so I don't have to worry too much about dogs digging in, mostly coons and possums.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010
  10. mendozer

    mendozer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2011
    anyone every mount wheels to the corners for the ability to move it around? I'm thinking of getting a 6x6x12 kennel and moving it around the already fenced in pen so they don't go through all the grass at the same time.

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