Chicken Run - Buy or Build?

Wee Farmer Sarah

Free Ranging
Oct 8, 2018
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North Central Massachusetts
I haven't seen any mice in or near my coop. I enclosed the run with 1/4 inch hardware cloth and that keeps even large bugs out. I do have a lot of chipmunks hanging out outside the coop & run lusting over the garden scraps and chicken feed. They don't stay too long as my hens lunge at them with such viciousness that is just a little disturbing. These are large, probably overfed Rhode Island Reds and they can be intimidating at times.
 

ChickaMama49

Songster
May 14, 2018
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Central Florida
I haven't seen any mice in or near my coop. I enclosed the run with 1/4 inch hardware cloth and that keeps even large bugs out. I do have a lot of chipmunks hanging out outside the coop & run lusting over the garden scraps and chicken feed. They don't stay too long as my hens lunge at them with such viciousness that is just a little disturbing. These are large, probably overfed Rhode Island Reds and they can be intimidating at times.
I’ve never seen mice. We have a large feral cat colony in our neighborhood ( and yard :barnie) and hawks who stalk our chickens so I don’t think mice would stand a chance around here!
 
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