Dog proof run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Roosterboy, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a large lab. He is a beautiful dog. But, he is a bird dog and loves to bark and chase. Not kill. He is a bit clumsy and runs into fences while chasing squirrels. I am afraid he might want to eat any poor poultry i get. :thun How can i dogproof a run? An ark?
     
  2. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put an invisible fence around my chicken yard to keep my Black Lab out.
     
  3. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was kinda looking for a DIY option like a barrier

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  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The underground fence is very DIY, but if you don't want to go that route, there are other options. First of all, chicken wire won't keep him out. You need 2x4 livestock fencing along with hardware cloth. You will put the hardware cloth 2 feet high around the bottom of the run with the 2x4 fencing around the top part of the run. You also need to make sure the hardware cloth is buried in the ground to prevent digging. I have done this with my run and still plan to put concrete (kind of like a thin sidewalk) all the way around the outside perimeter of the run. Here's a pic of one side of my run to give you an idea about what I'm trying to say.

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  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    gumpsgirl is right on with her advice.

    I just wanted to add that I know several dogs that have run right through their invisible fence because they wanted what was on the other side so badly.
     
  6. 3 sisters farm

    3 sisters farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dog hates the typical dog chain-link run so much....I put the chickens in one....dogs don't even visit...put scrap lumber around base.
     
  7. hennypenny9

    hennypenny9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can't agree more with Gumpsgirl about burying the wire to prevent digging! Both the dog, and the chickens will eventually break through in this way, if nothing prevents it. Btw, kudos on the very secure run!
     
  8. leghorn dude

    leghorn dude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if none of that works could always run an electric fence around the run
     
  9. hinky toes

    hinky toes Out Of The Brooder

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    I "second" the notion of an electric fence strung low to the ground.
     
  10. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The electric fence is also good unless you have kids. That would not go well here, so I am going to go the concrete route along with what already had been shown to you.
     

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