How to level out and select landscaping?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Zahboo, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I am choosing a location for my chicken coop. Both are the same size chainlink kennel.

    Section A- Thick grass is already there. It's mostly level. No electric outlet, no water spiget

    Section B- Very little grass, also some tall weeds growing that would have to be rooted out. There is a crabapple tree in the corner that could provide shade. There is a water spiget and electric outlets. We planned to run electric (someone who knows how would do it) but outside outlets would be nice too, for weedeating, and most importantly CHRISTMAS and PARTY LIGHTS.

    So what do you guys think. I am leaning toward B, but it will require a LOT of work. There is already fence bent over in an apron in both and both require some weeding.

    Either way they both need yummy landscaping. I was going to have deer netting for the top and chicken wire aroudn the bottom 3 feet.

    ANY suggestions.
  2. Tad

    Tad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    South TX on the border
    i would go with b as for uprooting the weeds, let the chickens do that, they will eat them up in short order!!
  3. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I have to level it out. It's not even level enough to dream of putting a coop on. There is a small section in a corner, but that is where run is going. It will take work, but will be worth it.
  4. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    How big of a coop are you planning to build? You could use a post and pier foundation. That would take care of the leveling issue.
  5. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    section B. the option of shade, close to water supply, sloped for drainage. it's alot easier to level a structure to fit the landscape than it is to level the landscape.
  6. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Which one would get the morning sun? I find in the winter this is very important too. Which would get the most wind , a no no if possible. Other than that i would say B. Electricity is really important. The chickens will under growth your run rather rapidly. As long as the plants are not poison. Grass will disappear rapidly. If hilly, make sure the coop is up hill of the run. It will keep things from working their way into the coop.Jean
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't know what kind of 'yummy landscaping' you are thinking of, but anything the chickens can reach they will destroy utterly, honest [​IMG]

    Site B sounds better to me, as having utilities available.

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I know chickens will destroy it, that's part of the reason I want it. A little treat for them
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm not sure you're grasping the time scale involved here [​IMG] Fun for a day, dirt forever after.

    Yummy fun for chickens can easily be had by tossing (nonpoisonous) garden weedings and veg garden trimmings/surplus into the run... and you can do that day after day forever [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  10. thedeacon

    thedeacon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    If you just have 4-6 chicks I would use the grass area if the pen will be large enough. A grass ground cover is priceless. I have 2 peacocks in a 24 x 40 pen and has been grass for 6 yrs. Grass is great if the pen is large enough

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