From free range to run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by madmantrapper, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Songster

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    I had to put in a run for my chickens, neighbor complains about them running loose. Any way the run is 4 feet tall and all the chickens fly over it like it wasn't there. It is 600 sq ft for 10 birds, I figured at that size they would stay in. I guess they free ranged so long that freedom is important.
     
  2. annek

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    as you figured out, they can easily fly over 4'. I had to put bird netting over mine to keep them in and then ended up free ranging them anyway, but in case I have to keep them in, I still have their run. Bird netting is really cheap and it will keep them in but you have to keep it tight or it will sag. I don't know how wide your run is but you can put in a support of some sort across the middle to keep it up. Even a tight rope would do the trick. Bad thing is you will have to crouch to walk under it where it hits the fence.
     
  3. tmb3fan

    tmb3fan In the Brooder

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    I tried to fence my chickens in too after months of free ranging. It didn't work either without a top. Mine also found ways to get under the fence too. Once they get a taste of freedom, they hate to be contained. Mine go in chick tractors with runs at night, but by mid morning, they are eager to get out.
     
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  5. madmantrapper

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    I thought about clipping the wings but somehow that just don't seem right to me. Where do I get bird netting? Is it cord or wire?

    Thanks for the replies.
     
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    I trimmed my bird's wings. It just made them try harder. They still went where they wanted to and I am experienced in wing clipping for house birds so the chickens were nothing new. They just are made differently.
    However, you could always put weights on their legs![​IMG]
     
  7. MIKE555444

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    It should be noted if you decide to clip the wings it should only be done on one side. Then they will loose balance when trying to fly.
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Aww that's just wrong to go from Free range to run. Your neighbors are cruel and mean! Tell them I said that! Maybe you should tell them the benefits of having them free range. Like FREE fertilizer that REALLY helps their garden and yard [​IMG]
     

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