Movable run design help?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hcammack, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi,
    My coop is movable and I am even adding new wheels on it. Right now I am using two PVC runs that I made and they are not working very well the chickens are finding ways to get through and they are not secure against predators. The PVC runs are also falling apart right now I may need to put some PVC glue in the hinges to make it work but would rather redesign the whole thing or build a new run or use fencing. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a new movable fence or run setup that can be moved by one or two people? It has to be big enought for about 15-17 birds right now I have 14 hens/ pullets and one cockeral they are all LF. So if needs to be about 150sqft. What type of setup do you think makes the most sense?


    Here are some pictures of the current setup:
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    Thanks,
    Henry
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  2. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am building a couple movable cages to use in my garden this spring, and the idea may work for you, too. Get some 1 x 3 strapping from Home Depot or Lowes, etc. Also a few 2 x 4s.
    Use these to make a cage and cover it with the chicken wire you have. It will be more durable than what you have. I will give you step by steps if you want.
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Thanks I am trying to picture what you are talking about I guess a few more specific steps might be helpful [​IMG]
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Henry, do a search in the meat bird section on "hoop tractors" or "cattle panel tractors". You will find examples of what you're looking for.


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  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Thanks so far I have come up with three options: cattle panels on long metal posts, Electro net (I need my parents to spot me $), or fixing up the PVC runs or making new cattle panel tractors.

    You have been so helpful with this!
    Henry
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    When I visit farms, the one thing I seem a lot of is abandoned chicken tractors. It's a lot of work moving birds in such a small space daily. It does get old, even when you're getting paid to raise the birds.

    I really recommend going with the poultry electronetting. You then need only provide a wind-break shelter for them, rather than a secure house. A 160' roll gives you a 40x40 pen,w hich means you are moving the birds every 3rd or 4th day rather than daily. This makes a HUGE difference to me.
     
  7. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I am just now reading up on the electro net and I am defently thinking about investing in it right away. where do you get yours? I am thinking about premiere. The daily moving is a bit much and I would much rather use the elector net even if I am still using a solid coop for shelter for my birds.

    Thanks,
    Henry
     
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    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Thanks I do have a large chicken tractor already I just really don't like them that much and it would be difficult for 15 birds. [​IMG]
     

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