First ever coop run complete!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Henriettamom919, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    So this is for three laying girls! Initially we weren't going to do a run because they free range during the day but we've had feral cats sniffing around our birds and I'm sick of getting up at O'dark thirty to let them out so we added our run which we've just this moment finished (still need to cover the top)

    We also made the addition of cupboard magnet catches for the storm doors! 20190615_165159.jpg 20190615_165208.jpg 20190615_165240.jpg
     
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    trumpeting_angel Crowing

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    Beautiful addition, and how smart about the magnets!

    Ugh. To free range or not, risk broken heart or not! Vermont Dept of Fish and Wildlife issued a press
    release about protecting chickens from predators. Apparently lots of (us) new chicken people are calling to complain.

    We are finishing up our coop and run this weekend, finally. DH is trying to make it Fort Knox. He won’t admit it but he loves those girls.

    Here’s the press release.
    https://vtfishandwildlife.com/newsr...offers-protection-against-chicken-predation-0
     
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    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    We're very fortunate- our acre is fully fenced and we're close enough to the city that our only real daytime threat is birds of prey.

    I like having the option to allow them time out roaming while also knowing there's a secure place for them to scratch and rest without as much worry.
     
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    trumpeting_angel Crowing

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    You are lucky regarding predators! The Fish & Wildlife article lists so many here, without going into hawks, owls, or eagles.

    We are working hard on the coop and run. I plan to get a mobile electric netting/fence so mine can leave the run. And maybe provide extra protection for the coop and run.
     
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    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    Great article!
     
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    jthornton Crowing

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    My Coop
    Chicken wire only keeps chickens in, it will not keep a raccoon out. Even living near the city won't keep night time predators out of your coop if left open.

    I have a fence charger and 3 hot wires around my chicken yard and it gets tested often at night and I live near a city...

    JT
     
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