Chain link fence panels

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tazcat70, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Has anyone used these before. I think I am getting some tonight......for free. How do you have them set up if you have them? Gates to get in? Pictures? Ideas?

    Thanks all!
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I have a very large run constructed of chain link..also free! I just use them like they were originally, with the same fence posts and all, as well as the gates. This only makes for one problem. My fence is 3-4 ft. tall only. So..clipped wings and an additional piece of removable wire strung along the top of the gate. I rarely use this gate, so this works for me. I found that, with gates this short, the birds would fly/hop up on the bar of the gate and hop down on the other side~ even with clipped wings. Thankfully, my run is only temporary during the garden season, so they are free ranged most of the time. Sorry, no pic at this time..darn camera acting up!
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Chain link panels can work wonderfully but remember that many aren't built very well and my own dog has ripped right through ours multiple times when she wanted out badly enough. So, make sure it's fortified around the edges where the chain link is attached to the tubing, that's generally the weak points.

    Also, raccoons can get their paws through the chain link just like 2x4 wire and pull a chicken back through so make sure you add either hardware cloth (the best choice) or 1" chicken wire around the bottom two feet and buried into the ground at least 15 inches.

    Free is always great but not if you lose your chickens in the future because it's not strong enough. Just make sure it is.
  4. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I have quite a few on my property, however I've never used them for a chicken run. I have pens made for my llamas, goats, and a small corral for one of my horses that needs special feed. I was lucky and was given several panels that have gates built into them. I have panels and gates in heights of 4 ft, 5 ft, and 6 ft tall. I love the flexibility of the panels because in just a few minutes I can rearrange them.

    Not much help... but I do think they're great to have!
  5. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    I use them for my run as well and reinforced each of the corners with those steel T posts and in the center of each panel as well.
    They all have chicken wire as well as hardware cloth.
    Other than a few rubbed places that our horses leave from scratching on the fencing, it's held up great. We did weave electric fence wiring through all the chicken wire and hardware cloth to make sure there were no weak seams for anything to get into. I made a makeshift "needle" out of a piece of wire hanger and it didn't take long and no sore fingers.
  6. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    I have 2 pen made from them. One is a 10X10X6 and the other is bigger because it has more panels. This is the way to go for me.
  7. SSO202

    SSO202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Hartwood, VA 22406
    The chain link panels are one easy way to make a run. I also was able to pick one up for free. I used it as a temporary run until I constructed one out of 4x4s. You really need to heed the advice of everyone who talks about reinforcing it with extra wire. If you have predators that will dig you need to bury wire around the perimeter as well. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.
  8. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    We use them as fence panels and gate for our duck yard which is covered with netting, and in the pet area we have several size of the kennels as runs and coops. We have permanent covers/tops for the kennels and panels now, here is a pic of my DH welding a frame to support the tarps to cover one of them (It keeps water from pooling and increases wind resistance).
  9. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Quote:Oohhhh goats! LOL!
  10. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Great ideas! My husband got them home and they are 8 feet tall by 16 feet long. Yikes!!!! If I decide to use them I will definitely be reinforcing the bottom 2 feet.

    I lost a young chicken out of 2x4 fencing, and the other had a broken neck. Hard lesson to learn. So far nothing that digs has made an appearance. I really want to keep it where it is mobile because I want to be able to move it, when I move. (PRAY! PRAY!)

    I will give them some thought. Thanks for all the great ideas and advice. However, I am not sure my husband will go for the goat idea...........yet! [​IMG]

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