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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 77ranger, May 4, 2009.
what do ya'll think.
If you want the less headacke then cover it and you don't have to worryabout hawks and other birds, or racoons.
thinks for the reply.
I started with uncovered (actually I started totally free ranging, but had to pressure wash all horizontal surfaces every week). Birds kept getting out. Turns out barred rocks have no trouble flying up 6 feet. Not such a big deal but we are getting ready to go away for a few days and I don't really want them out, so I get some bird netting from the HD garden department and covered the entire run (15 x 40 feet). Finally, only one was getting out. She was just skinny enough she could squeeze through the welded wire where one of the welds had broken. I put a layer of chicken wire over the bottom of the fence and now they are all in for a week.
I think you will want to go covered eventually.
I would also cover it, just in case.
Covered. It's really scary to find a hawk PERCHED on your fence, just feet from your uncovered chickens! (That was my experience. )
Just finished mine and covered it before letting the girls out. Within no time, the barn cats were walking across the top looking for a way in. Sure glad I covered it.
we are covering ours-we have chicken hawks flying above all the time-We are the only ones with chickens in a 30 mile raidus-I know they want my babies! Not too nervous about my grown BO's but the chicks are 10 weeks old and easy pickings-and My puppy worries me too-he's almost 10 lbs now so I feel a little less scared-when he hits 15-20 Ill let him terrorize the hawks and crows!
I cover mine since we have very few trees for shade. Plus I would be scared of preditors if it was open.