Designing a portable pen for rotation with organic garden beds...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AliciaDuckLady, Nov 3, 2013.

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    AliciaDuckLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    As the mother of three lovely ducks in suburbia it has become neccessary to build a better system to graze our girls. At the moment we have a fully enclosed pen at the back of the yard with a duck house within. Shown on my profile pic.the grass is long gone though, thus the need to rotate the yard. I need to upgrade to some sort of enclosed fencing system that I can move around easily, over the garden beds as well. I'm thinking timber frames with wire that I can bolt or even cable tie together to create a flexible pen system? For the roof I have been using bird netting to prevent sea eagles in the area having any chance for attack. If anyone has done similar or could direct me to some resources please :) Would love to use recycled materials and for it to be simple, I'm not the best at building...yet :) Thank you!
     
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    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I will be watching this thread with interest. I want to do something similar with my chickens and my vege patch. Thinking its a good spot to put a broody chook. Might as well still be making use of them :)

    I was thinking an A frame out of timber that I could sit over the raised garden bed.
     
  3. AliciaDuckLady

    AliciaDuckLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Great, I have seen many a chicken tractor but would like this to be a bit more flexible and modular. Will be sketching up some ideas soon, then onto the build. I have about six weeks until it needs to be done for the new ducklings. This could turn out interesting or hilarious :)
     
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    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I want mine to be used both over a bed but also to be able to go on the grass if I haven't got a bed ready for them to scratch in.

    I've got some old lattice frame timber I thought if try and recycle.
     

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