cheap run out of PVC shelf!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by simplyscrambled, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. simplyscrambled

    simplyscrambled Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    I'm about as unhandy as they come. I needed a chicken run to house 8 meaties. I have no drill, no power tools, little in scrap. This is what I came up with!

    I used the remains of a pvc shelf, the kind you buy at Home Depot for around $15. I only had to hand saw and cut some of the PVC to the right length, buy some connectors, zip ties and chicken wire. Tada!

    The only predator I have to worry about is my dog [​IMG] here in suburbia.


    Just thought I'd share!
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Nice job!
  3. LizzyJo

    LizzyJo Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Aptos CA
    There's more than your dog to worry about in suburbia! You got your raccoons, you got your possums, you got your giant rats. Don't get too relaxed.
  4. simplyscrambled

    simplyscrambled Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    I've had chickens for over 15 years here, and there's been an occasional coon, but that's it. But yes, I'll watch out for the 5 weeks they'll be in there before they're dinner. [​IMG]
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Very Clever and Thrifty.

  6. k2chickens

    k2chickens Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    VERY!!! nice
  7. that_crazy_lady

    that_crazy_lady Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    Rose, OK
    Sweet...simple and it works how could you do any better [​IMG]
  8. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    Quote:It sounds like their biggest predator will be you! [​IMG]
  9. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    I had an idea similar to that and couldn't get DH to understand what I was talking about. He is a carpenter and has been for over 30 years. If I was talking about wood, he would have understood. He does plumbing too but he couldn't understand what I was talking about. Thanks to your pic, he does now. What he builds is usually pretty heavy and I can't move a tractor around the yard. The last one he built is made out of heavy fencing wire. something someone would use on a farm for cattle and wood and chicken wire over it all. It's heavy but I can lift a side of it. lol

    He makes things to last.
  10. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Great use of what you had. Cost-effective.

    Do beware of coons tho. They can tear chicken wire apart quickly and are stronger and more agile than they look. Met a man recently who saw two do a tag-team act on his 8' wide run. Killed three birds before he could get to them. They took turns stampeding the birds from one sode to the other where the partner waited to grab one thru the wire. Tore their heads off and tried to pull the pieces thru the fence to eat. Grisly site. I used 2x4 welded wire and then put a 24" tall roll of chicken wire all around the perimeter inside. That way my birds cannot poke their heads out and the coon can't tear apart or get his hands thru to the birds. (Of course, I finished it all off with a fence charger and 4 courses of hot wire around the 6 ft tall pen.)

    Met another man who trapped a coon and it tore his steel catch-and-release trap apart and escaped.

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