How to attach welded wire to plastic?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by YellowChicken, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. YellowChicken

    YellowChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a run made with cattle panels (cut down) covered with welded wire with an open bottom. I need a way to attach the end to a large octagonal plastic dog house I'm using for a coop. I'd like to be able to move it, so it would need to be pretty secure. I thought may'be using small bolts/nuts or woodscrews and fender washers? Also I could put the coop inside the run but would lose run space. Any other ideas appreciated.
     
  2. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

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    I would be concerned about the plastic cracking with movement of the assembled item by just screwing through the plastic.

    Placing something like a 1x4 on the inside wall and washers on the outside, then assembling with bolts/nuts through the plastic and the wood bracing would give some rigidity and make those bolts less likely to wobble and crack the plastic during movement.
     
  3. YellowChicken

    YellowChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Bnjrob. That's a great idea! Only problem is the dog house doorway is pretty large and the top lifts off starting about midway up. which I have to do to get to the nest box, so doesn't leave much room to put any supports. Also the sides angle outwards, as well as the door. .

    Also, I was thinking I could extend the length of the run and just put the doghouse inside with some cattle panel, under it. Its about 8' long now and the doghouse is 32" deep. Gonna try to keep about 4 chickens in it. Would half inch hog rings to attach an extension to the cattle panels be solid enough?
     
  4. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

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    Could try it. I can't picture a big dog being able to get the rings apart - I'd think a dog/coyote would knock the whole thing over before being able to get he panels apart.
     

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