Need pointers on building runs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tracyree, May 8, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    I'd like to build a run for my future chickens. Last time we did it we dug a ditch all around the perimeter and buried chicken wire about a foot to deter digging predators. The walls were chicken wire with netting on top. Wood frame with posts in concrete.

    Are there better/easier ways?
  2. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Navajo County
    You can have the metal cloth wire extend down and out from the sides about 18 inches and then burry it a bit. the rodent cant get past it.. we used pressured wood in holes havent had problems We also have a 1 x 6 all around the bottom of the run..
  3. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    Most people would encourage you to use 1/2" or 1" hardware cloth instead of chicken wire because it is much stronger. Some people do not sink it, instead the do what is called an apron and slide a piece of hardware cloth extended a foot to 2 feet on either side under the dirt so if anyone tries to dig, the hardware cloth will prevent them from doing so. You can secure them with chain link stakes, tent stakes, etc.
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Heres an apron I just installed around my coop.[​IMG]

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