My newest project! Chicken yard

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kfults, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Kfults

    Kfults Songster

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    so I have 11 pullets and 1 cockerel, we have a 10x12 barn and shaded 12x12 secure run for them. Technically enough space, but..... the run seems like a prison yard LOL. We have 5 acres but share it with family ( grandparents, daughter and brother n law all have homes on the land) No one wants free range chickens. I get it. So I used materials I had- t posts and chicken wire to make a 40x40 yard to let them out into when I am out working in garden in cool of morning and evening. I covered with bird netting to keep them in and overhead hawks out. I am planting shrubs ( chicken friendly kind) and protecting them with stone. A kiddie pool surrounded by decorative grass to make a shallow wading pond. Bird feeder with treats. I want it to be like a little garden. I have left over 1/2 inch broadcloth ( wasn’t enough to use for fencing) but going to make inside apron to secure bottom of yard from diggers and protect some of the grass so they will have grass growing through to eat when they scratch the rest to dirt. I hope to create some boxes with wire on top to grow some clover and dandelion in fornthen to munch on as it grows through the wire. I plan to create wooden structures from scraps for them to perch and climb on. My husband is convinced I have lost my mind over the chickens! LOL I had to retire due to rheumatoid arthritis and so he is supportive because it gets me moving around and out of the house more. I know it is not predator proof, I plan to allow them to out when I can be out and about to keep a watchful eye, they have a secure run with I am not home or can’t watch. Any other ideas???
     
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  2. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

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    Sounds like you're going to have some happy chickens~! For covered runs that are out in the open with no shade I like the idea of having vines to cover to top/sides for some parts of the run.. I would make sure they're hardy though (depending on where you live) Something like this
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  3. Kfults

    Kfults Songster

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    That looks really nice, will have to do something like that. It gets 80% shade until late afternoon and then more shade in the evening. It would look nice with vining flowers
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Sounds pretty amazing!
    Building for chickens is very therapeutic.
    Pics Please?

    Do you mean hardware cloth?

    Not sure either of these is a good idea.
    Any pool will have to be dumped and rinsed regularly, kiddie pools can be hard to dump.
    Maybe a smaller vessel for wading on hot days?
    Treats should be kept to a minimum and IMO are more valuable if doled out by keeper.


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  5. Kfults

    Kfults Songster

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    Yes I meant hardware cloth.
    I will post pics when done, I live in southwest Louisiana. I will probably put up the bird feeder and put a little of their feed in it. ( instead of treats ) I like to have a few feed areas, one in coup, one in run and then somewhere in yard. Makes sure a bully doesn’t keep another hen from eating. I also have multiple water stations. The size kiddie pool is small enough to be dumped by hand and won’t be too deep. My brother n law discouraged me from planting shrubs or ornamental grass in yard- said they would just eat it all clean..... so I am still debating. Was hoping with all the grass they wouldn’t eat my shrubs clean.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You might be able to fence them off until well established...ornamental grasses are pretty tough.
     
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  7. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    All I saw is wading pool surrounded by decorative grasses, be careful those can be toxic
     
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  8. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Free Ranging

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    :clapI am building my run for my B-day! Lots of luck!
     
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