Chicken run without coop

rathkum100

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Aug 15, 2016
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Hello:
I am planning to build a chicken run without a coop, roost or nest. This is for chicken meat, around 10 hens (7.5 S.F. each). The size will be 6'x12'x3' high. I will provide wood sticks for perching at 2' above ground across the run. I will close 3 sides (plywood) to protect from sun, rain, wind; the rest will be covered with chicken fence. Location Panhandle, Florida. Any issue/problem?
Thank you for your advice.
 

CluckerCottage

Songster
5 Years
Sep 16, 2014
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Oneida County, Upstate NY
Use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire.
The only thing chicken wire is good for is keeping chickens IN-- it does very little to deter predators.
What are your main predators there?

Put your chicken "run" in the shade and attach wheels (chicken tractor) so you can move the birds to fresh pasture daily.
If you are doing CX's, they poop a LOT and OFTEN. They need to be kept dry and not laying in the watery poop they produce.
 

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