Dog pen for chicken run question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RIVERA69R, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i plan to go to lowes and buy a 6ft high by 7.5ft wide by 13ft long chainlink dog pen and use it for my chicken run i plan to dig it in the ground a little and it will but up perfectly with my coop you can also buy a sunscreen to cover the top which i will do and i figure i will put hardwire cloth around the bottom and up about 3 ft or so. So no preditors can get their hands through the wire and grab a chicken. does that sound like a plan or any other suggestions

    p.s i plan to have only 4 chickens
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    I think that will work perfect.
    Good Luck.
    Omran
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use dog kennel panels for part of my runs and they work good.
     
  4. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    That's what I've done, too - works great for a few clucks. I covered the entire top with chicken wire and about half of it on top with a tarp for shade. Wrapped the chain link with chicken wire about 3 feet up like you're planning to do.
     
  5. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will do nicely we did the same . but we got a cover with ours and better price at local co-op.
     
  6. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah the dog run is 175.00 and the sunscreen top is like 50 or so i figure the time and money it would take me to build one it seems to be a deal
     
  7. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    That's the exact size of our chain link chicken run, but we have 11 chickens. Your 4 chickens will love the space and you'll have room for more in the future. Here's a link that shows a picture of ours:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=131092

    We also butted our coop up to one end and just left the extra chain link rolled at the end, so if we ever needed to convert it back we could. We bought ours off craigslist for $100, but even if you buy new, $175 sounds like a good price.
     
  8. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ive seen your pics before thats a cool setup im going to do the bricks around it like that also thanks for the ideas
     
  9. nightshade

    nightshade Chillin' With My Peeps

    dog runs work great, but I would suggest you invest in a hard roof over the run instead of the shade cloth so that you have less problem with mud, snow ect.
     
  10. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    That is what I did for my run and it's working wonderfully so far.

    Edit: for the top of mine I just used another 6x6 panel laid on top. But I plan to extend the run this summer and I need to figure out a new idea.
     
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