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looks like im getting the mother of all chicken runs!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by aran, May 29, 2007.

  1. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    So I answered an advertisement today about a 6foot high 23x38foot chain mail and steel post "dog run" with a 6x6x6 coop inside of it which a gentleman had been using at some stage in the last couple of years to keep ducks which have since moved on..dunno more about the ducks fate than that at this stage.

    He wanted $300 for it all which I think is pretty darn reasonable given how much it would cost to make this same run...i mean its around 800 square feet!!!!!. Im picking it up this weekend. SO i have some questions:

    1. What do i do to sterilize the coop? ( I would assume there will be some repair work necessary on it but we will see)

    2. The run has no roof on it...it has barbed wire around the top of the 6foot fence. He said this kept all raccoons/fox/skunk etc out of the run. I asked about hawk and he said it had never been a problem..what do you all think?

    3. Is this a good deal?

    thanks,
    aran
     
  2. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    by the way my order of new chicks is on its way as we speak from Ideal...am getting silver spangled hamburgs, cream brabanters. white cochins, and buff orpingtons, plus whatever extra males they put in the box:rolleyes:
     
  3. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Aran, I would think that spraying the whole thing with a water and bleach mixture would kill about anything there. You might try scrubbing it down with soap and water first to get any grime off. By the way, I was thinking about your order from Ideal and hope all goes well. Let us know as soon as they arrive. We're all pulling for you!![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    thanks BB...i will post as soon as they arrive! By the way I ordered a brand new digital camera/camcorder so I will have pics of the whole shooting match in the next week or so!

    cheers,
    aran
     
  5. michellerene

    michellerene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Graham, WA
    Very good deal! We spent way more than that to build ours & it will barely be big enough for 10 girls! Great find. How are you going to move it?! [​IMG]
     
  6. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    yes...marvellous question that! Well Im going to hope that a buddy of mine will let me borrow his truck and pull a trailer behind it.

    Ill ask him today...im sure he will say its ok:rolleyes:
     
  7. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    so i checked out the run and coop today. The fence is well over 6feet tall and has calvanised plastic covered heavy duty steel mesh over galvanised steel pipes. The guy had salvaged this from a correctional facility!!!!!

    It measures 38x23 feet and around 6.5-7feet tall with 2 foot extensions above that with barbed wire in 3 strands attached.

    The coop is a really cute ( although in need of paint and some minor repairs) but heavy 10x5foot A frame unit. Has minimal roosting or nesting areas which I will have to build but thats cool Im loving this whole home handy man gig anyway!

    There are two doors into the run...one is being used now the other is sitting in his garage. He also has the same length of picket fence (4foot tall and in good condition although needs paint) which he is throwing in with the deal and also a big bucket full of steel connectors and bits and bobs for the run.

    He is really nice and said he would help me take it down and pack it up to move it. Should be a good day or two's work but will be well worth it!

    You know what this means?!?!??!---> MORE CHICKENS!
     
  8. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:LOL, don't let your neighbors know about that or you'll be the "crazy chicken lady" for sure! [​IMG]

    Sounds like it should be an ideal Fort Knox once you get it situated -congrats on a great find!
     
  9. michellerene

    michellerene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do believe that would be "crazy chicken man" in this case! [​IMG]
     
  10. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    I think you might just NEED MORE CHICKENS!
     

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