chicken moat, anyone else have one?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by faykokoWV, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV

    I'm so proud, my husband built this chicken moat around our garden for me. We were lucky, except for the wire fencing and bird netting, everything else was free. He converted the shed to a coop very nicely. It needs at least one more window, but we're waiting to see if that's something else we can pick up for free.

    The chickens love it. When we're working in the yard, we turn them loose in the garden, I'm a little worried about hawks when they're exposed like that so i don't let them in the garden all the time.

    5 feet wide, 4 foot tall and 150 feet all the way around, the shed/coop is 8x10.
  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    I have plans for one, but right now we're still in the city. Instead mine live in a tractor in the garden that's the same width as the garden paths.
  3. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Really clever idea! Heck of a first line of defense against garden pests! [​IMG]
  4. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I love that idea, and they will keep the fence clean of weeds, thus a weed-lesser garden. I thought moat, water, hum. A fence moat good, but water around your coop seemed even cooler. Like 4 feet deep with crocs to eat coons. [​IMG]
  5. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:Only one problem with that plan. I think crocs like to eat chickens even more than racoons do.
  6. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    Quote:This is the first year we've had it, but its also the first year I've ever had slug free lettuce. We noticed bugs on the potato plants last weekend, turn the chickens loose in there, no more bugs! We did learn we have to watch out for any fresh planted corn, they really liked that and ate several rows before we realized what they were doing. A little bird netting on the ground over the corn, problem solved.

    We got the idea for this from the one on mother earth. We didn't make it as high as theirs since deer aren't much of a problem for us.
  7. Mrs. Glassman

    Mrs. Glassman Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    Cedartown, Georgia
    What an awesome idea! I love it!!! I wish the lay of our property would allow us to do something like that.
  8. Gwen

    Gwen Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Langley, Washington
    I'm in the process of putting on in. My chicks are still babies so I have time yet.

    I plan to have the moat open to a run and then have a chicken tractor for nighttime.

    Saddina, how wide and long is your tractor? My paths are 3' wide and I'm wondering how long I can have the tractor and still get it around the corners. I plan to have it on wheels so I can move it by myself.
  9. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    Thats a fantastic idea. Looks great!
  10. Blue Hill Farm

    Blue Hill Farm Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    Central Saskatchewan
    Oh man, do I want one! [​IMG] Love, love, LOVE it!

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