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  1. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need ALOT of help, i decided that for my coop i need a 7'x14' fence, we can sorda figure that out, but since we live in PA there are many hawks so a roof is neccassary,i don't even know where to begein, we have a chicken wire supplier but that is it

    Question #1- How many posts wold i need for wire that is 7', (like 1 post every 3-4 ft)

    Question #2-What material do i use for a roof (wood, exess chicken wire?)

    Question #3-How do i keep the roof from like, caving in :eek:
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    Last edited: Apr 15, 2007
  2. GoPups

    GoPups Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if you have a Lowe's near you, but at the one near me they have a 7.5'W x 13'D x 6' tall chain link dog run for less than $190.
     
  3. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a lowes in DE like 20 mins away, but does that have a roof?, if it does what is it made of, if no roof i would like one with, it isnt a problem to build it myself, but if there is somthing easier do tell
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2007
  4. M&J IL

    M&J IL Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello

    My chicken run is a 8' wide X 12" long X 6' high. I used the 4th side of the dog run I bought as a roof panel and bought one extra to finish off the roof The extra panel is a dog run panel you can buy seperate at menards, lowes, Home Depot as a top. I fastened them with time clamps they sell to hook together the panels into custom dog runs. Panels cost around $40. This makes a very secure hawk proof cover.
     
  5. GoPups

    GoPups Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building my own roof out of a roll of chicken wire that cost me $13.
     
  6. urbanhomesteader

    urbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a warning though. Chicken wire keeps chickens in but won't keep preditors like racoons out. They can bite right through it. Hardware cloth/woven wire is better.
     
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Saltiena, Keeping chickens in is easier than keeping predators out. I build my coops and runs with that in mind.

    I cover my runs with steel sheets because I have trees near by and it also provides shade in the summer, keeps them dry when raining, and also provides shelter from the snow in winter, ( not to mention, I don't have to shovel the snow ).

    Spacing poles every 3 feet will work fine.

    The better wire you use will keep predators out and keep your flock safe.

    bigzio
     
  8. Blake

    Blake Out Of The Brooder

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    if your only having issues with flying critters getting your birds you can use heavy fishing line spacesd about 4 to 6 inches apart across the top.the birds wont mess with it.
     

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