New To Raising Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Robin Green, May 22, 2019.

  1. Robin Green

    Robin Green In the Brooder

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    Hi just started on my journey to raising backyard chickens. My husband is in the process of building me a coop. What's the best material to use for the chicken run?
     
  2. Leahs Coop

    Leahs Coop Free Ranging

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    Hello,:frow and a warm welcome to Backyard Chickens! It's great to have you here with us and I hope you'll enjoy this site as much as we all do!
    I'm sorry I can't be of any help to your question, but hopefully someone will pop in soon!
     
  3. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens :frow:welcome
     
  4. ChickenCowboy02

    ChickenCowboy02 Predator Slayer

    Howdy and :welcome
    Galvanized hardware cloth should work best as the holes are not small enough for any predators to get through. You should also bury some along the perimeter of the run. Hope this helps! :)
     
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby. Good advice above and I am sure more will be on its way. There will be some great information in the learning centre.

    Here are some links to key resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  6. Hencraze24

    Hencraze24 Songster

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    Pine wood is good for birds. DO NOT use cedar, it is toxic to chickens. ours is elevated 4 feet off the ground for predators.

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  7. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUN-omenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have Lots of FUN! :wee
     
  8. Hencraze24

    Hencraze24 Songster

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    oh yeah, and :welcome:frow
     
  9. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    My chicken run is 2"x4" Welded wire fencing, 6' tall. We ran 3' wide chicken wire fencing around the bottom, burying it 8" into the ground.
    The coop is a concrete room that was built onto the barn before we bought the place.

    In My Opinion (IMO), as long as your coop is a secure place that you can lock them in at night, the run does not need to be 1" square Machine fabric. I would not have a run if I had to buy machine fabric for fencing, that stuff is expensive and my run is fairly large.
     
  10. chkva

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    Hardware cloth for a small/medium run... I have a run that's 1500 SQ FT and it's going to double in size soon. We used tough deer fencing we found at Lowe's, I can literally lean on it and it won't come down. It's 7 feet high and the holes are small. It's not completely predator proof, but it's more to just keep my neighbors dogs out. I would free range, but the dogs are often in my yard and not really chicken friendly. The coops are inside the run area and are sealed tight from predators when locked up at night.
     

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