Outdoor run question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by intownfarmer, May 4, 2009.

  1. intownfarmer

    intownfarmer Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    I am very new to chicken keeping (day 5) but I am so excited! I built a coop in my barn with access to the outside (well almost finished). I have a run setup outside. It is 8x16' and 48" high. I did not cover the run, but I see that most are. Should I? Will my dear girls "fly the coop" even if clipped with a 4' fence? Thanks for the great advice.
  2. jjamerb

    jjamerb Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2009
    Elkland, MO
    I know i had 4 chicks in a small run once and watched a hawk crash into my top cover. Was funny watching it bounce off.
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    My RIR hens can easily get over the 6' fence. So their runs have tops on them and they also have one wing clipped so they can free range in the pasture without visiting the neighbors.
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    2 reasons to cover the run:
    - Keep yours birds in.
    - Keep unwanted birds out.... more specifically hawks and other birds of prey.
    (I include those freeloading wretches, the wild birds, too, but most only worry about hawks.)

    Chickens have amazing "getting up" abilities, even with clipped wings.
    Make sure nothing is near enough to the fence that they can hop on it, to the fence top and then over.

    Protecting against hawks and other raptors is sefl explanatory.
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  5. mac80103

    mac80103 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009
    It depends a lot on where you live. Do you have predators? I have netting to protect the chickens from hawks, owls, raccoons, and coyotes. Hope that helps!

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