Looking for ideas... Simple movable pen for the girls during the day....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Walkbarefoot, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Walkbarefoot

    Walkbarefoot In the Brooder

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    I am new to the world of chickens... We have built a 50 square foot coop that is enclosed in our 400 square foot run... (the run is almost complete... the chicks are only 4 weeks old at the moment.) IMG_1860.jpeg I would like to free range our birds during the day, but we have far too many hawks, eagles, osprey.... I am looking for a simple way to contain the birds during the day, while giving them access to other parts of my lawn. I am interested in seeing what others have done... We do have a neighborhood cat, also have fox, coyote and raccoons. But as I said, this would ONLY be for during the day, they would be in full lockdown at night.
    I have seen some nice collapsable options... Would love to see some of the creative things you have come up with!
    Thanks
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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  3. Walkbarefoot

    Walkbarefoot In the Brooder

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  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    No problems, many people that have been around a long time haven't,
     
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  5. LittleMissCountry

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    I bought a portable run on Amazon that works great for me. I got it for around $50, but it was on sale. I move it around the yard. It has a small tarp over one side for shade and a roosting bar. I didn't need anything fancy since I use it when I am home. It keeps them safe from hawks.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Wowsa ....that is quite the run frameup! Sweet!

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  7. cholland

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    Search for cattle panel hoop coops. You can build one for about $100 depending on what materials you use. You can connect it to your run using chicken tunnels. I've had a hawk land on the hoop coop and look in when I had young pullets in there but never had any losses.
     
  8. Walkbarefoot

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    Thanks for this!!!!
     
  9. LittleMissCountry

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    You are welcome. I saw in the reviews of the one I bought that someone attached bicycle training wheels to one side to make it easier to move. I am planning on doing that to mine.
     

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