Making a Chain-link Chicken Run Look Attractive

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Echolalia, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Echolalia

    Echolalia Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    San Francisco
    So, I decided to go with the most cost-effective chicken run option, a chain-link dog run. Thing is, I hate chain-link anything - I think the stuff is unbelievably ugly. Any suggestions as to how to make the chicken run more pleasing to the eye?

  2. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am planning on planting honeysuckle along the sides for shade and a winter wind break. The vine (if you help train it) will grow up and over the sides and it will smell great and look beautiful. It also stays green in the winter (at least in my zone 6 Kansas). I'm also going to do a bit of landscaping and put in some shrubs and a few pavers where the door is. I think if you plant some flowers or make it look cute along the outside, it will look great! Turn it into a shady oasis. There are other vine options-- like grapes, trumpet vines, wisteria.... For the shrubs, I'm thinking Crepe Myrtle, boxwood and roses. Vines are cheap- and they grow FAST! [​IMG]
  3. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Benson, NC
    I agree! I really dislike chain link also...I'll be interested to see what folks have to say about this!
  4. Echolalia

    Echolalia Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    San Francisco
    Quote:I was thinking about that, too. My big concerns with vining plants is:
    a) they must be safe to eat (I've heard that morning glory is toxic to chicken & imagine that datura would be bad too)
    b) they'd have to be hardy enough to withstand foraging chickens (they've completely wrecked one of my fuschia and have really done a number on my flower beds)
    c) they'd have to add a pleasant flavor/no flavor to their eggs

    Wisteria sounds like it'd be pretty, if I could get it to grow here. I live ~3 miles from the beach and our summers are foggy and chilly.
  5. zengrrl

    zengrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Oakland County, MI
    Morning glories grow like madness and will easily cover a fence!
  6. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    You may can find some colored (slats) to slide in the chain link to make it look better. You could call a few fence companies and ask if they have any. If they have some left overs from a job, you could get them for a decent price.
  7. Nicolette'sFarmette

    Nicolette'sFarmette Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Black chain-link fence is so much more attractive looking! So, you could paint it black...a lot of people paint hardware cloth black. Just an idea! [​IMG]
  8. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    SC PA
    I was just coming to post "How to make chainlink NOT look like chainlink"! I bought a nice large 8x13 kennel but am afraid its going to be such an eyesore... the plan is to have it permanent, but if its too ugly it'll go.
    I'd be concerned that the birds would eat anything growing up the sides or close enough they could reach if they can stick their heads through the wire. I"m thinking of painting the thing black, then adding wooden corners, possibly with a pergola or arbor style roof with plantings around. I'd LOVE to see pictures of others' chain link runs and how they've dressed them up... even if its the dog run and not for the hens!
  9. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    You could paint it with a good quality spray paint. Also, you could add signs to the outside and maybe a barn star or two if you are into that. You could plant around it or add raised players around it for vegetable gardening. I'd say color color color. The more color you can add the more the chain link will fade to the background.
  10. Echolalia

    Echolalia Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    San Francisco

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