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Do I need a top on my chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ashley12, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. ashley12

    ashley12 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2009
    I am putting a run on the side of my coop made of dog kennel panels. It will be 10' x 20' x 6' tall. Will chickens fly out if their wings aren't clipped? Or will hawks pick my chickens off? Any suggestions?

  2. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    Osceola Mills PA
    Thats pretty high for most chickens to get out of, but something like a hawk or an owl might be able to get down in. For safety's sake its a good idea to add a top.
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    We just put a cover over ours because of a hawk. And I do have chickens that can fly over a 6 foot fence. Both of my EEs can as well as a mutt hen I have.
  4. chickachickadoo

    chickachickadoo Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    There are hawks here and we have been told that, no matter how big we might think our chickens may get, we need to have a covered pen if we don't want them to be a hawk's meal. We will be taking that advice.
  5. kell

    kell Chirping

    Apr 21, 2009
    Monroe, CT
    Please put a top on. Many predators come on from the air.
  6. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    I would put a top on it. My parents didn't and their chickens were flying up into some nearby trees and laying eggs. No joke! Plus something started getting in with them at night and killing them a couple at a time.
  7. Top it off if you can. You will never regret making things too safe.

  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I agree with the others not only predators from the sky but it will keep your birds inside when they NEED to be!
  9. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I just moved my dog kennel over to the coop last weekend and then covered it with the plastic garden netting that I zip tied to the top of the kennel.

    My kennel is 12' wide, so I bought the 25' rolls and cut them in half.

    It was a little saggy, so I had some pipe laying around that was 10' wide so I inserted that in the corners of the run to hold up the netting.

    I also had one 12' x 6' panel left over, so I put that on top then added a tarp for shade (South facing) and help keep that end dry where I put their log roost.

    They LOVE the roost and I would recommend that if you can find some.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2009

    USMCSGT In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2008
    I just got done putting a top on mine. I used the netting from around a trampoline. it worked great, and didn't cost me anything. Good luck!

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