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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by magdelaine, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. magdelaine

    magdelaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always thought the coop was whatever was enclosed by chicken wire. But in looking around here, the "coop" would be the building and the "run" would be any outside enclosure?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Correct. The use on this forum is that the coop is the building and the run is the wire enclosure.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Ridgerunner is correct. But I would like to add that chicken wire is beyond useless as a run. Chicken wire is to keep chickens in only. And even then it doesn't always work! [​IMG]
     
  4. magdelaine

    magdelaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ridgerunner is correct. But I would like to add that chicken wire is beyond useless as a run. Chicken wire is to keep chickens in only. And even then it doesn't always work! [​IMG]

    Uh oh. What do you use instead of chickenwire? Our run is inside of a fenced back yard, but there are lots of predators about.
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    The usage on this forum, and a number of other places in the world, is "coop=henhouse, run=outdoor pen". HOWEVER that is not engraved in stone tablets anywhere, and there are plenty of places in the world where "coop=henhouse+run". I do not think it makes any sense whatsoever to try to deem one usage right and others wrong, it's just that there are different sets of terminology out there. So, when in doubt it is best to DESCRIBE whatcha mean rather than just assuming eveyrone shares the same definition, IMO [​IMG]

    The vast majority of chickenwire manufactured these days can be ripped thru by a dog or raccoon in about five seconds flat. You want something heavier-gauge, nothing larger-mesh than 2x4" welded wire fencing and preferably more like 1x1" mesh, or 1/2" hardwarecloth. If you use the 2x4 wire, make sure it is *good quality* and you really ought to add something smaller-mesh to the bottom 2-3' to prevent reach-through incidents. I would recommend not even considering 2x2 or 2x3 welded wire mesh as the only ones I've seen are very flimsy garden-grade ones that would not particularly challenge a predator.

    You also usually wanna allow for some sort of digproofing... either bury the bottom 18" of the fencewire in the ground (lots and lots of work) or run a 2-4' apron of fence wire on the ground outside the run fence, securely attached to the foot of the run fence and well pinned down in some fashion (much much easier and just as good)

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  6. RustyHen

    RustyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was not my question, but thank you Patandchickens for the great info.
    I did a print out for my DH to read so he can understand what I'm trying to tell him.[​IMG]
    Still wet cold and rainy in NE Oregon today! Spring please
     
  7. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chillin' With My Peeps

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    14Ga. wire galvanized after weld. I used 2x4 inch mesh, but smaller mesh is even better,just more money. And bury it 12 inches down and out from the walls of your run, and coop.
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    Ridgerunner is correct. But I would like to add that chicken wire is beyond useless as a run. Chicken wire is to keep chickens in only. And even then it doesn't always work! [​IMG]

    Uh oh. What do you use instead of chickenwire? Our run is inside of a fenced back yard, but there are lots of predators about.
     
  8. magdelaine

    magdelaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last edited: Mar 28, 2011
  9. The Driver

    The Driver Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:When someone is wanting to learn there are no dumb questions. I have been lurking on this board for sometime gathering info to build my coop & run. In my younger day's I was on the FFA poultry judging team in Spring, TX. Still have to come to this site to refresh my memory! I have been gathering up materials, measurements, and working on a design. Plan on getting after it sometime this week.

    Good luck on your endeavor!
     
  10. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] PLEASE, No question is a dumb question. Questions help everyone![​IMG] [​IMG] There's lots of people watching and reading, waiting for the answer! THANKS FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION![​IMG]
     

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