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  1. lsatey

    lsatey New Egg

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    I started with 4 hens about 5 years ago. Two are still with me and have added 3 over the last two years. I have remodeled my hen house this summer and in the process of redoing the run. Some of my friends have convinced me that it doesn't need to be covered overhead with chicken wire. What are your thoughts about this?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    It's not necessary but I would strongly recommend it. Hawks will happily kill birds from an uncovered run any day of the week, and it also opens the flock up to predators which can climb fences easily, such as bobcats. I've had 0 losses from my covered pens in 2 years, and probably 30-40 from my uncovered pens.
     
  3. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome.

    I agree with QueenMisha about predators. Also depending on how tall the cage is, your chickens might see something they like on the other side of the fence and go free ranging. I know my bantams can fly up to the top of my run, which is about 7 1/2 feet tall. Large fowl usually cant jump/fly that high, but it's better to cover the cage.

    Also, as a word of warning, chickens are addicting and you might find yourself with more chickens[​IMG] (unless you're only allowed 5).
     
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens Isatey!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! @Queenmisha and @chickencraz are right about the overhead chicken wire. Nothing else needs to be said
     
  5. lsatey

    lsatey New Egg

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    Thanks I hope to add 3 more this spring.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas, Isatey, and :welcome. Great to have you aboard! Enjoy your chickens and BYC!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you live in an area of weather extremes, you may want a solid top for the run. That way it also provides some protection from sun, rain and snow.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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