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Chicken play pen!! ( duel purpose)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by redneck farmer, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. I build a chicken play pen today an it turned out great!!! Ill give you step by step on how to build a play pen!!! ( it works GREAT for introducing new chickens/ chicks to your flock!!)
    Ok step one- buy at least 17ft of strong wire( I used "alligator brand wire"
    Then I grabbed my cutters
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    Measured it to 17ft
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    An cut.
    Then I flipped the cut wire on its side-
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    Pulled both ends to gather in a circle an zip tied it shut
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    Now my play pen is complete!
    But te second purpose in this is if you have ever read the article on how to introduce new chickens to your flock( https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock ) one technique is to put both chickens in new environments- thus the play pen is a new environment! I tryied it out on my new turkey an new chick an put two of my other chickens from my origonal flock in with them an no fuss!
    Thanks for reading hope it helps
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013

  2. Like it?
     
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    Added a roof for protection of hawks
     
  4. PoultryGirly

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    That's pretty cool =) Will the chickens stay in there at night? If so, maybe you should add wire to the bottom of the pen so animal can't dig under and get them. Is there any way to stable the pen to the ground so it can't be knocked over?
     
  5. It don't stay over night it's so I can watch them play an the stay safe an confined!
    An to your second q yes I could but cement blocks, nail 2x4's, stake it, tie it to a tree.., lots of ways!!!!
     
  6. I did the same thing last summer with extra dog fencing, worked great.
     
  7. PoultryGirly

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    Oh, I gotcha! That'll be fine for your birdies, then! I bought this for my chicks to play outside in. I'll have to put wire over it, like you did, though! [​IMG]
     

  8. Cool
     
  9. Kjordanov

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    Is that cardboard? I've seen those pictures many times before and always wonder lol.
     
  10. Very cool idea! I always had so much trouble keeping my chicks confined!
     

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