Fort Knox, er.... My Chicken Coop & Run (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by crperdue, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

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    I have lost many birds (and rabbits!) to owls, dogs, opposums, and racoons.
    It seems whatever I put outside is considered a buffet by the local wildlife.
    So I finally built something that seems to keep them out.

    Here it is during constructon:
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    Its roughly 50' x 50'. Its 6' high chicken wire nailed to fence posts and
    2x4s at the top and bottom. There is 3' of chicken wire buried around the
    perimeter to deter the diggers.

    In this pic you can see that there is 3 strands of electric fencing along the
    bottom of the run.

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    I got flight netting and covered the top of the run. We put a tall 4x4 post in
    the center and ran ropes to the corners to hold the net up. You can also
    see in the pic that there is another strand of electric wire around the top
    of the fence.

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    The entrance to the coop and run is through a storage building. It works
    like a sally port in that you have to go through two sets of doors before
    your into the chicken area. You cant see it in this pic (the pic is older) but
    the underground wire also wraps around the entire building.

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    I have several wire pens raised off ground. They all sit inside the run. This
    protects them from predators and the chickens and ducks eat any spilled
    feed and stir the litter.

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    Finally, since is on the other side of a canal from the house, we finally built
    a bridge so I don't get wet when feeding the critters.

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    After finishing this project, I have not lost a single animal.
     
  2. Swampwood

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    Very nice [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  3. Ivyblaze

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    VERY NICE JOB!!! I am impressed. How many chickens can you house in there? I am currently on my 4th flock due to predators and I am having to revamp everything. This helps me so much!
     
  4. stoo

    stoo In the Brooder

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    Wow! That's awesome. The Taj Mahal of poultry pens. That should keep the predators at bay. Mine is 4' chain link with electric on outside at bottom and top.
    Very, very nice.
     
  5. crperdue

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    My free 8 hole nest box (other side just like this one)

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    The guard goose:
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    Vice President of chicks:
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    Vice President of egg collection:
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  6. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    :thumbsuplove it!
     
  7. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Songster

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    Excellent! I've thought about using electric wire, but was afraid my daughters would get hurt.
     
  8. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Great job!!! Glad you got that bridge, too, that is a great thing to have!
     
  9. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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  10. crperdue

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    Quote:I've got about 40 running around. I think I would max-out at around 50.
     

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