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Post pics of walk-in run covered in hardware cloth

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AnnainMD, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a good bit of info--thank you.

    I'm making plans for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May--I can't wait. Since I take the metro into work I knit while I'm on the train. I can totally see chickens taking over your life--when I first started researching the feasibility of keeping them, I was so absorbed with reading about chickens that I did NO knitting for almost 2 months.
     
  2. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks incredible!
     
  3. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    First you may wanna check with the neighbors and the county to see if you are allowed to have chickens at all in the first place not being rude just thinking ahead you don't wanna pay for the fine or worse if you don't have to.

    If allowed chickens see what the regs are for coop and run cause inb some cases you can not be within 5-10 feet of the property line next how many chickens are you thinking about? If it is a small number say 3-4 a Tractor may be more for you a large number well then you may want to think a detachable run easier to clean that way you lock the girls in the coop clean the run put it back on and let the girls out now if you want a coop you can stand in build it the way you want IMO what I would do is take plywood to the side where the neighbors are are paint it up real nice with a nice mural of something nice and pretty on it and cover that side of the run so they can't see into it. As for not being an eye sore you can build and paint it to match your hose coop and run both. IMO I would go and but the lil red barn storage shed and build a lil run off the back of it this way from the front it looks like a shed but we know what the secret is under the radar from the neighbors and not an eye sore.

    which ever way you choose to go good luck to you.
     
  4. Chieftain

    Chieftain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought mine was expensive too, until I started seeing what a lot of people are paying for pre-fabricated coops of any size. Ours ran about $1200 to build and I have seen just a coop that went for over $1600! No foundation, no run, just a coop, and not a very good one at that...

    I really, really like your run! That's an outstanding job you have done there, and it's obvious you have a secure and happy flock. Wyle E. Coyote himself couldn't break into that!

    Two thumbs up!

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  5. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little landscaping can go a long way in dressing up a run.

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  6. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the responses.

    I can have 6 chickens and the housing requirement was my favorite part. It couldn't be bigger than a large dog house, so when I looked up their parameters, it was something like 10x20. I can't remember exactly. But anyway the chickens are allowed.

    The overall plan is to have a 4x8 walk-in coop elevated with the bottom portion wired off to provide more shade during our hot, humid Maryland summers. There are also lots of trees to provide shade and a breeze. We will have 2 runs, each roughly about 8x10 which we will alternate access to. While one run is "resting" it will be planted with lettuces, greens, cover crops etc. to entertain the girls for a short time when they are reintroduced to the run.

    We are also going to use rain barrels to harness the water for the waterers. I will probably have electricity run to the coop (there was a hot tub we got rid of when we moved in and the hook up is still available). We also plan to have LOTS of ventilation, following patandchickens ventilation page advice.

    Thank you all for the pictures and the help with hardware cloth!
     
  7. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is also what I plan to do. Thanks for reminding me! So much to buy...sigh [​IMG]
     
  8. will hunt for food

    will hunt for food Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought mine was expensive too, until I started seeing what a lot of people are paying for pre-fabricated coops of any size. Ours ran about $1200 to build and I have seen just a coop that went for over $1600! No foundation, no run, just a coop, and not a very good one at that...

    I really, really like your run! That's an outstanding job you have done there, and it's obvious you have a secure and happy flock. Wyle E. Coyote himself couldn't break into that!

    Two thumbs up!

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    Thanks for the nice compliment. We built it about 1 year ago, and no forced entries yet <grin>. We have fox, raccoons and possums on patrol quite often. My live trap keeps those guys under control. We had lots of eggs all through the winter too. This winter was exceptionally wet, cold and windy with more snow than we usually get. I think my girls are ready to sleep with all the windows open! It won't be long now.
     
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Mine is similar to Baymen's run.

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    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
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  10. jojufarm

    jojufarm Out Of The Brooder

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    "will hunt for food" Nice coop & run, I love the run, I may Just have to copy it.
     

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