My Solutions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Big Bubba, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Big Bubba

    Big Bubba Out Of The Brooder

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    So, through the years it seems to be one thing or another.

    For the last 3 years I decided to free range my girls. Never had a problem until recently where I had 2 girls killed by a hawk. I decided I had to put the girls inside which is basically a run and a coop. Well, they didn't care for that very much. Their unhappiness and my guilt led me to create a chunnel system for them. Here's a pic:

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    Basically I used this caging from HomeDepot and cut them all the same size. So far I've only used half of it. The joy of it is I can reroute so they don't wear out the same strip. Next week they'll be going through the garden to get it ready for spring. I don't put any hardware underneath because outside of hawks there really isn't a predator that can get to them during the day. The whole thing cost me about $50.

    The other thing was I had to get the feed out of the coop. Birds and squirrels get to it and they're messy eaters. The setup in the pic below isn't complete. I intend to enclose it so food won't get wet.

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    Squirrels and birds can still get into it so I put a screen floor on it to catch the scraps. That way I can keep it clean and not have to worry about rodents. FYI, I've used a treadle but my girls have proven incapable of figuring it out. Anyhow, here's the pic of the screen floor:

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    Ignore the feed scattered there. That was the work of birds and squirrels while I was putting this contraption together.
     
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  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Nicely done. I have explored the idea of chunnels, as a means to allow my hens access to new and places.

    Thanks for sharing.
     

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