Keep 'em in, or keep 'em out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Royd, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    I've been gardening, for years, and North Florida is a gardener's paradise. Especially, the Spring and Fall/Winter gardens.
    I just started raising chickens, this spring, and allowing them to freerange, they have discovered the compost piles and mulch beds, under the trees and plants. This is a privilege, which I will not deny them. It's good for the chickens and the plants.

    I do have a bit of a problem, though..I know that they would destroy a newly planted bed, as fast as I could plant it...... Kind of like two dogs, deciding my newly planted okra patch, was the spot for WWF.Grrrrrrr......

    Without the winter greens and root crops, nobody would fare well.

    The state of the economy, being what it is, and being a self employed carpenter/home repair guy, pickings are slim.

    I thought about building individual frames, for the beds, and covering them with chicken wire.....Off to the store, for a price run.

    It seems that feed stores, Including TSC, think the biggest roll anyone needs is 50' long.

    Well, after stopping, at the local store, I'm headed on down the road, to TSC and pass a roadside yard sale. Lots of those, these days.

    What was that?!!!!!Some kind of huge net, strung out, beside the road.
    I turned around, to check it out.. It happened to be one of those nets, which DOT requires the crushed car haulers to use, to secure their loads.

    How much? $25!!!!!! [Maintain composure] You got it, Lady.


    After getting it home, and rolling it out, in the relaxed position, it measured 20'x30'

    This thing is braided nylon, with the edge rope sewn in... I'm estimating new value to be $400-$500. Maybe more.

    I digress.....About a month ago, while working for a customer, I noticed, behind his garage, taken apart and thrown in a pile, one of those knockdown pipe canopy setups, which are often used as a temporary shelter, to protect equipment, vehicles, etc.
    It had been destroyed, during a high wind, and he didn't want it, any longer...Some of the pipes were bent, beyond repair. I got it, tarp, tiedowns, the works, for nothing..... I did have to purchase 4 new lengths of pipe, to rework it. $40.

    Originally, my thought was to turn it into the chicken coop.

    I felt a brainstorm brewing..... Hmmmmm.... Framework..... Huge net.....Off to Home Depot, for a pack of zip ties....$6.

    The neighbor kid, 12 yr. of age, likes to come over and hang around... I don't know why.... I'm just a grouchy old man, just like his dad...Anyway, here was an opportunity to teach him something, and get a needed hand.

    We set up the frame, dug some holes, shot an elevation, on each hole, with a brick in the bottom, and put the frame in...We, then, stretched and secured the net.
    He gained several life lessons and $10, for seeing it through.

    The next day, after some observation, I realized that I was losing about 180 sq.ft. of space, and restretched the net, to its current configuration.


    Using some old, well pipe, zipties and some grade stakes, [another one of my brainstorms] I secured the edges.

    To make the door opening, I simply wove a piece of rope through two adjoining sets of holes, and split the net, between.

    Now, I could start my seeds and beds, while the chickens have the rest of the garden, to themselves.

    For about $90, I, now, have about 430sq.ft. of secure gardening space.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  2. WitksChicks

    WitksChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Central CT
    Very creative. Looks great!! Here's to good old fashion ingenuity. [​IMG]
  3. country freedom

    country freedom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Creativity working! Nice job! [​IMG]
  4. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2007
    Bravo!! That looks fantastic. It's simple, functional and most importantly cheap!
    You have given me the inspriation to use our old canopy structure that has been sitting around for a few years. Thank you very much![​IMG][​IMG]
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    That's brilliant! <applause> [​IMG]

  6. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Quote:I don't care what those uppity city folk, with their manicured lawns say....Don't throw anything away. It'll come in handy, twenty years, down the road.
  7. dlfridie

    dlfridie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2009
    Amazing! You're very clever.
  8. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I love projects that use recycled materials. This is a fabulous solution to keep the hens out and not spend much doing it. It looks like it will keep out other wild birds too. I hope you post pics later with the thriving veggie garden in it. Thanks for posting it for the rest of us gardeners!
  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK seeing ideas like this go into action.

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