Omlet Chicken Runs

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  1. Mountain Chic

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    Hello Everyone!

    I'm new here and a new chicken owner. Loving my 2 week old chicks!

    We are looking for a pre made chicken run of good size and I came across some made by "Omlet". They are large and made of steel. What I was hoping I could get feedback on is the size of the steel mesh. It is 1" X 2 1/2". Is that small enough to keep out raccoons and possums?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Are you talking about something like this? https://www.omlet.us/shop/chicken_k...ingPid=16493&gclid=CJSggqm_jM8CFdgDgQodvLkK-g

    It looks good and sturdy, so probably can't be chewed apart.
    Not sure I'd call it 'of good size'.... unless you only have 2 maybe 3 birds.
    I like that it has an anti dig apron around it.
    If coop is locked up tight at night it should be fine, raccoon may be able to do a 'reach thru' on 1" tho.
     
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  3. Mountain Chic

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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Minimum square footage I would recommend is 4sqft per bird in the coop(your coop sounds good) and 10sqft in the run.

    The more space the better, especially if you have harsh winters.
     
  5. junebuggena

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    The largest walk in run they make is 3 meters by 4 meters, which is roughly 130 sq ft. More than enough for 7 adult hens. And there is a cover available too. The mid-sized one is right at about 70 sq ft. which is the absolute smallest size for your number of birds. But for $700, before shipping and taxes, you can build something much more budget friendly.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I had no idea Omlet made such nice runs....they are nice, too bad their coops don't compare.....but, yes, very expensive.
     
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    The coops are ridiculous. But you can't tell the people that purchase them that, or they will get a bit nasty.
     
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    They flat out lose their minds. Frankly, I would too if I spent that kind of money on such a tiny, poorly designed coop.
     
  10. Mountain Chic

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    Thank you! I was thinking the same thing, but I want it to look good and blend in with the trees. This one looks good in the photos. Maybe I will look for some ideas to build something. It's costing $3K to build the coop so I don't want to spend that on a run!
     

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