Cool fence for run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MamaChic21, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've found this website and I'm at the process of deciding with run will be best for chicken run. http://k9kennelstore.com or a wooden chicken wire run. I like to see people thoughts about this.
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  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I think its great! [​IMG] I love how easy it goes up too.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I would for sure be wanting something like that if I had a dog with a habit of climbing or "breaking out" of chainlink kennels.

    For chickens however it is a lot of money to spend for not really any meaningful extra benefit, over chainlink panels or a conventional run fence.

    Your chickens would thank you more for putting your money into LARGER rather than spiffier.

    If your interest is primarily in the promise of easy-to-set-up (thinking you can relocate it easily), bear in mind that chainlink kennel panels are ALSO very easy to relocate and re-set-up, and ANY of these things are going to require (well, it'd be real real smart to have) some sort of digproofing apron that will be significantly less easy to move and re-set-up. So relocating your chicken complex may not be as easy as you are thinking, especially if you want it to also be fairly predatorproof.

    I do not know exactly what you mean by "wooden chicken wire fence" but chickenwire is not a good run fencing material, use something stronger like a good quality 1x1 or 2x4 welded wire instead. (With something smaller-mesh added on the bottom coupla feet if you go with the 2x4 mesh)

    Pat
     
  4. jockey1975

    jockey1975 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use 10x10x6 chain link fence dog kennels with a chicken wire top. They are set in front of 15x15 enclosed horse stalls where there nesting area and roosting area is. I have three like this. This set up works great especially in winter. In the summer, they are pastured in enclosed areas using the chain link fence that I attached wheels to and houses that I made out of old utility trailers, both of which are very easily moved around the pasture which is about 5 acres. I have 5 of these to spread them out more during summer.
     
  5. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you're right, this is good for portable chicken coops but I've made my mind up and getting 8x12 or 10x10 chicken shed/chicken coop as their permanet home. I thought it would be cool to have a fence like that for their run because of the canvas. The kind of chicken wire I'm talking about isn't thin. I don't know excatly what the name is but it is a thick and even a dog can't chew it. I want to have one area of their run to be covered so they can have shade and when it rains or snows and the other side open to the sun but covered with heavy chicken wire. Since I tried the plastic roof for their run and it blew away, I don't want to use that anymore. What else can I do to cover their roof, plywood and shingles maybe ? Or get a fence like this and one side covered with canvas ?
     
  6. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jockey 1975, would love to see pic's if you have. Right now, I also have 10x10 6' fence but I like these better. How many chickens do you have ?
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:If it is chickenwire i.e. hexagonal mesh, it is not dogproof. If it is rectangular mesh, it may be reasonably dogproof but isn't chickenwire [​IMG]

    (e.t.a. - is it possible you are thinking of the heavy plastic chainlink-lookin' stuff used for construction fencing etc? That is not dogproof, no matter how tough it *seems*. Only things with heavy-gauge wire and very good welds is dogproof, or heavy-gauge very-tightly-stretched-and-correctly-installed chainlink)

    I want to have one area of their run to be covered so they can have shade and when it rains or snows and the other side open to the sun but covered with heavy chicken wire.

    Shadecloth is excellent for providing shade, and will not flap or blow away. If installed at a steep angle (not horizontally) it will also cut the force of the rain but of course a fair bit of rain will still go thru it.

    Since I tried the plastic roof for their run and it blew away, I don't want to use that anymore.

    THe plastic blowing away is not because it was plastic. It is because it was improperly constructed. If you properly construct a plastic roof it will stay put thru anything you're going to experience in NJ. If you don't properly construct NON-plastic roofs, THOSE won't last either. So it is the construction, not the material, that is the issue.

    Pat​
     
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  8. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I have seem people loose a flock to coyotes that dug under these dog kennels. I have also seem flocks thrive with it also! I would put 2' tin or hard wear cloth on the bottom with atleast 6" underground to reduce the digging predators.

    -Nate
     
  9. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we made 9 poles in a 17x10 run. We used 4x4 poles, 1 on each side and 1 in the middle and 3 rows of that. Then we put the plastic roof and used 3" nails to secure it. Then we put 2x4 on top of the plastic roof and nailed that too, to make more secure but obviously that didn't work [​IMG]. I know it's not the material, but we did the best we could.
     
  10. patandchickens

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    Quote:My point, perhaps I was confusing, is that although it did not work installed wrong, it WOULD work installed right; and just switching to a differnt material is not going to help you any since it seems likely that it'll still get installed wrong unless you focus on FINDING OUT HOW to install it correctly, rather than on trying a different material.

    Pat
     

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