Free Range Shelter for my flock...they love it.

RHewitt

Songster
11 Years
Jul 3, 2008
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Florence. South Carolina
I planned early this year for the hot summers and built a range shelter for my flock. It is a simple shelter with a roof and south wall to block the sun. I put 2 x 6,s around the bottom to hold shavings and sand for dust baths. Added an extra water source so that my flock has plenty of fresh water in the shade. It is also great for them to use as a rain shelter to dodge thunderstorms that pop up if they don't want to go back in the coop. They seem to use it now for light rains as a hang our area.

I wanted to share the idea for others members that may free range.

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Hens_And_Chicks

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
551
1
139
Ohio
I love it - thanks for sharing it - looks like a project a girl can do
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All by myself!

I need to make a shelter/outdoor pen for my girls and this looks awesome!
 

Mojo Chick'n

Empress of Chickenville
11 Years
Mar 8, 2008
5,261
17
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Republic of Chickenville
Great idea - I'd build one here, if I thought they'd use it
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they prefer my garage.

Hubby would rather they perched somewhere else - since they tend to like his Kubota tractor and brush hog the best for sitting on - must be they like the color
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At least the Geese don't go in there - then I'd really hear complaints
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meri
 

ozark hen

Living My Dream
12 Years
Apr 4, 2007
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Mansfield, MO
very nice shelter there!
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It wouldn't work here for my free range days as the hawks could go right into it. I have two very large and dense Quince bushes that seem to work for shelter from rain and hawks....not to mention our open ended garage so they get under vehicles.
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But inside a run that is perfect!
 

WestKnollAmy

The Crazy Chicken Lady
Apr 22, 2008
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upstate SC
That is awesome.
I wish I could use stuff like that but like the poster above, the hawks just fly right into it. Mine scramble under thick bushes also or under the shed.
They use the open air coops for hot or rainy days.
Maybe once I get a LGD I will be able to use something like this. It is really neat.
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peacockgurl

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 6, 2009
21
0
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Silver Springs, Nevada
What a great idea, I think i may copy it! my chickens are free range with a covered box to sleep in, but they mostly just hang out around the box. I was thinking about building a big coop but I think I like your idea better. do you provide them with nesting boxes somewhere or do they nest where ever they want? I am still new to owning chickens and I am trying to figure out what would be better, free range or coop.
 

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