1. krkroust

    krkroust Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    What is the best way to seal my chicken run,made from chain link dog run?Can I use welded wire or hardware cloth?
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Can I use welded wire or hardware cloth?

    Either of those will work​
  3. krkroust

    krkroust Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    Thank you
  4. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    Hardware cloth placed approx 4' high around the bottom of the pen would work well. Will prevent anything from reaching in and grabbing your chickens. Also burying approx. 36" skirt around the outside of pen on the ground and cover with dirt will prevent anything from digging under.
  5. MontanaChickenLady

    MontanaChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2011
    Beautiful Montana
    Before we put anything up we put two long runs of chicken wire on the ground and I sewed them together with the wire that is wrapped around the rolls. We then set everything on the chicken wire and brought it up the outside of the dog run all around....zip-tied it all the way around and THEN we put the hardware cloth (4' high) over that and zip-tied everything together. Hardware cloth works great up the outside walls of the dog run and doesn't allow anything to get in or the chickens to get their little heads out (unlike the chicken wire.......ask me how I know.......[​IMG] We also did the same thing with the chicken wire that goes over the top of their coop and completely covers the run as well as going down the sides a bit. After we got all of this done we put dirt and tree grindings on the floor of the run at about 5 inches deep. It's worked well as the chickens can have their dust baths any time but can't dig out and NOTHING can dig under and in. The girls really dig deep holes for their dust baths.....probably because they can. I love the dirt floor for the girls and it's easy maintenance for me. I go in every now and then and fluff the soil, may mix in some leaves and also let them scatter stuff around. Everything is biodegradable including their poop. I use Muck boots inside the compound. We've tarped the run now so that the ground stays dry for them and they can still do their thing in the dirt. They freaked when some snow blew in so I just went out and fluffed everything and they were as happy as little clams again. I am very happy with our setup. I hope this helps someone somewhere [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  6. twgentry

    twgentry Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2010
    Icard, NC
    awesome we will have to try that as well
  7. trooper

    trooper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    [​IMG][​IMG] I use hog rings to attach my wire togeather.These are small metal clips that you can get at TSC or Farm supply place.You need to get a pair of pliers but I find they hold good,won't brake,and have security where plastic wire ties can fail or deteriate in time.

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