My coop and run are almost finished!

joebryant

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
5,542
42
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SW of Greenwood, INDIANA
It's taken almost five months, but within a day or two, I'll be completely finished with my coops/run, and I'm still alive (bankrupt but alive). Since about three days ago, I finally finished the run's outside perimeter with a truckload of dirt and another load of sand. Any interested predator will have to dig. When he starts digging, after going down four inches he will run into a 2x4 fence wire. If he wants to get under that, he'll have to turn around and go back thee feet before he can start digging under the wire. IF he figures out how to do THAT, once he gets up to the wall he will run into a buried 2x6 board, then below the board there's are eight inches of 1/2-inch hardware cloth buried in a trench, i.e., he'll have to go 14 inches straight down . If he does do that, once he starts up those 14 inches inside the run, after digging through dirt, he'll reach the level that has one foot of SAND that covers the entire floor of the run; the sand will run down into dirt hole he dug through, and it, hopefully, will fill his hole entrapping/killing him before he can reach the surface of the sand.
The run is not connected directly to the two coops. The chickens have to go through a two-foot tunnel to reach the pop doors in order to enter the coops. Before a predator can lift the pop door from inside the tunnel, he'll first have to go back OUTSIDE the run to unlatch the pop door so that it can be raised or lowered, then dig his way into the run again so he can lift the pop door to enter the coops. Any predator that can do all that deserves a meal of chicken and is welcome to it.
BTW, all doors and gates have locks. All the locks use the same keys. We keep a key right by the outside nest/egg doors and the gates for our own convenience. If a predator can figure out how to put the key into the lock, open/remove the lock, and then undo another latch above, once again, that predator deserves a chicken and is welcome to it.
EDIT: The run is eight-feet tall and is covered sides and ceiling with 100% 1/2-inch hardware cloth.
 
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Gazinga

Chook Norris
11 Years
Jul 7, 2008
674
5
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Palm Springs, California
It sounds great! lots of thought and work, i cant wait to se the pictures...please show pictures.

However, it seems you may have over looked teh two legged predator. I dont think I would leave teh key by the gate door.

sounds great

 

lilchick

Songster
11 Years
May 23, 2008
1,289
24
161
Williamsport In.
Wow..Sounds like Fort Knox... But you can sleep nights not worrying about them= priceless..

About the 2 legged predator... I got a call from neighbor about 3 miles away about a chicken... Seems they found it running down the road and it was not theirs...
I went down to look at it and yes it was one of mine! I checked my coop and had 3 hens missing and a barred roo as well. This roo must have gotten away from whoever took them..
We spent awhile driving the road where roo was found just to see if anyone had chickens there.
My advice is to keep the key on you or hidden....
 

joebryant

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
5,542
42
271
SW of Greenwood, INDIANA
Gazinga and Littlechick, thanks for the comments.
I know I sound naive when I say it, but I can't imagine anyone around me being chicken thieves. However, if the economy collapses, you can be sure that security on everything around here will be upgraded.
 

sillybirds

Songster
11 Years
Aug 5, 2008
569
26
166
California
Joe, I'm happy for you that you're nearing completion of your coop and run. I like the sound of your coop/run defenses! All you need now are a few land mines around the perimeter!
I can't wait 'til I finish mine...
 

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