Outdoor dog kennel for a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by feralhound, May 4, 2016.

  1. feralhound

    feralhound In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2016
    Jax, FL
    Just curious if anyone has ever done it before, and what kind of dog kennel if they have, and how well it has worked for them. I saw one that's 6x10x6 for $200 both on Craigslist and Home Depot. I know that I will have to secure the bottom portion with hardware cloth (as well as put a skirt around the outside). I have a tarp I can put over the top, and /or even left over chicken wire (or leftover hardware cloth). I feel that maybe this may be a lot easier than constructing a run with 2x4's.

    I also saw some dog runs that you can buy the individual 8x6ft panels, thought that might work too- in that case, I would only need two panels and I could sandwich my run in between the shed and coop.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Modified as you suggest, it should make an effective coop/pen.
  3. ladynewtochicks

    ladynewtochicks Chirping

    Mar 21, 2016
    This is my plan also, we have some leftover pannels we aren't using right now so they are going on the visible from the house part of the run. Then the rest of the run is going to be pieced together out of some recycled wood we have. How far up are you planning to hardware cloth? I was hoping 2ft up the panel and 2ft out for the "skirt" would be enough but I'm not really sure. Then I was going to cover the skirt all the way around with pea gravel, I can get it cheap in bulk and I need to promote some drainage out of there. The field behind the chickens has fox dens so I want it to be safe. I was hoping to roof mine with a 25x25 bird netting (black rope type) on Amazon. We have birds of prey galore here also... I'm really curious if anyone has an existing run like this...

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