Hawk almost ate my babies!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PhoenixPharm, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2014
    I let my girls free range during the day and boy what a big mistake that was! I heard this horrible noise and ran outside to see Sully (the rooster in the pen next to them) yelling at the top of his lungs. I looked at the fence to see a huge hawk flying away. If it wasn't for him, they wouldn't have ran back into the coop and been a hawk's dinner. I couldn't find my silkie and thought for sure she was taken but went out a few minutes later and saw her pacing back and forth trying to get back into the run. My question is has anybody ever made a 6' enclosure with PVC pipe? I'm trying to figure if it would be cheaper than chain link. It's and area abput 20'x20'
  2. OnlyOrps

    OnlyOrps Songster

    Jan 20, 2015
    Oh no! Scary close call! I haven't made any pvc structures but that's a good idea and I hope somebody replies! Good job Sully!
  3. Concrete101

    Concrete101 In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    Twin Falls, Idaho
    There are posts that show hoop runs for chickens. I covered my run (4 ft chainlink walls) with PVC and wire. So far it has worked good.Electrical pvc conduit is UV resistant
  4. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2014
    Thanks for the help :)
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    You may also want to consider using metal conduit. It bends less if you are looking to add a flat top.
    It comes in 10 foot lengths as well.
    How horribly terrifying it must have been for the little chickens. Your rooster did a great job warning them!
    I am glad your silkie came through it all and was brave enough to come out of hiding.

    I had a hawk come in after my gals this last fall. It took me forever to coax a couple bantams out from the shrubs they dove into.

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