Finished NEW chicken run - Horray

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MandalaMaMa, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. MandalaMaMa

    MandalaMaMa Songster

    Jul 9, 2013
    southern Oregon coast
    Our new chick run is finished and the girls love it. We still have to put wire across the top - going to string light weight wire from the corner of the hen house out to the fencing creating a fan like look. Our chicken tractor wasn't working like we wanted so we made it permanent and add the run. Now the girls have lots more room. My husband is amazing.

  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
  3. brosnt1

    brosnt1 In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2013
    I see you used 2x4 fencing? I was thinking of using this type of fencing also, but I am concerned it is not as secure as smaller opening wire fencing? Do you have any concerns?
  4. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

    Jan 23, 2013
    Pocono Mtns
    My Coop
    I think what kind of wire you use for your run depends a lot upon your situation. While most here on BYC advocate hardware cloth (1/4" x 1/4" weave), I don't think that is necessary in all cases and might even be overkill, expensive and only serving to allow nervous chicken keepers peace of mind. I see nothing wrong with 1" x 1", 1" x 2", or even 2:" x 4" welded wire. Unless you live in a hot climate where your birds might stay out all night, most of us lock our birds up at night behind fortress walls with wire sunk into the ground or surrounded by wire aprons with hardware cloth over windows and vents. Unless you have a problem with little varmints that might come around at any time of day, like rats or snakes, you don't need a run encased in hardware cloth. And, I have yet to see a raccoon, possum or other mid-sized critter come around during the day (since they are nocturnal) and reach through a welded wire opening just to snag a chicken by the neck and pull it through piece by piece. If you have a problem with bears (and yes, I have a friend who had a bear attack his chickens), it doesn't really matter what type of wire you use, does it?

    One of my pet peeves on BYC (and knock me off my soap box if you are so inclined) is that many new members read certain :"gospel facts" and then repeat them so often trying to be helpful to others, that they get perpetuated. Even some old timers perpetuate the hardware cloth myth in every case because they have always done it this way. What may be best in one situation, may not always be what is needed in every situation. If money is no problem or you need to have the piece of mind, then by all means, use hardware cloth. If you have a budget or want to be realistic, take a long look at you local situation and then decide.
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    Looks good!
  6. Cute little hen house. [​IMG]
  7. MandalaMaMa

    MandalaMaMa Songster

    Jul 9, 2013
    southern Oregon coast
    Thanks everyone for the support and comments. Brosnt 1 - we aren't to worried about the 2 x 4 fencing because we are only using it as a day run. We lock our girls up at night in there hen house. MoonShadow pretty much sums it up. However if we ever get chicks again we will add chicken wire around the bottom as we lost one within days of getting them because we only had 2 x 4 wire on the chicken tractor. It now has chicken wire everywhere on top of the 2 x 4 wire.

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