Help with run problem - pictures

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Southern Gardener, May 17, 2010.

  1. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having a problem with my run washing and my chickens digging out. Any advice on how I can prevent this would be appreciated.
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  2. ColoradoMike

    ColoradoMike Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same problem to some extent - though our run is a 'secure' run, complete with 2x4 welded wire buried 20" and a roof...mine is small enough that I just shovel clean sand into the dug out areas each time I tidy up, and with the buried fencing around the perimeter, chickens can't get out (nor foxes in...). It looks like your run is quite large. I'm curious to hear what others have to say.

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  3. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had the same issue so I used concrete around the entire perimeter. Occasionally I will have to back fill their favorite hole next to the concrete but they are not able to get close to the fence to get out or critters get in.

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  4. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Colorado, yes I've had to shovel more dirt also, but it takes a LOT of dirt to back-fill the entire run.
    Frog, concrete might just work for me.
     
  5. Marie1234

    Marie1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We went around the border of ours with concrete blocks and started adding a truckload of sand here and there. It raised the level of the run to be above the yard but the blocks hold it all in. We buy the sand from construction sources (not by the bag) and the cost isn't bad.
     
  6. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My run is like Marie's, but we used 6x6 landscape timbers. There is hardware wire screwed to it and buried as well. Those chickens sure like to dig, don't they? Don't know if this is a solution for you, though, if your run is really large.

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  7. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestions! Looks like I'll be buying landscape timbers! [​IMG]
     
  8. bantyshanty

    bantyshanty Oval Office Courier

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    I've used bricks around the inside perimeter, laid into the ground most of the way & stood on end. Here you get them free from demolished buildings if you ask the right people. You could look on Freecycle or Craigslist. Or use cement pavers from a home improvement store. Home Depot sells their broken pavers for half price if your run is large.
     
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