How to level out and select landscaping?

Zahboo

Simply Stated
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
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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.
 

Zahboo

Simply Stated
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
4,439
31
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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.
 

sillybirds

Songster
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Aug 5, 2008
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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.
 

flopshot

Songster
10 Years
Feb 17, 2009
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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.
 

crazyhen

Crowing
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Aug 26, 2008
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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
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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I don't know what kind of 'yummy landscaping' you are thinking of, but anything the chickens can reach they will destroy utterly, honest


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

Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
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Ontario, Canada
I'm not sure you're grasping the time scale involved here
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


Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

thedeacon

Songster
11 Years
Nov 14, 2008
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Midwest
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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