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putting a chicken run on a hill

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kramerhea, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. kramerhea

    kramerhea Hatching

    Nov 25, 2009
    Does anyone know if it is safe to put a backyard chicken run on a hill? We are thinking of building a coop for four chickens at the top of a hill, then fencing in a part of the hill. Any advice?

  2. possumqueen

    possumqueen Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    If you put the coop at the highest part of the run it'll be a pretty dry place for your chickens, which is a good thing.

    Just make sure there's plenty of shelter and windbreak on the NORTH side of the coop. And if the coop faces south it'll get the warmest part of the winter day.

    Don't know where you are, but if you're in a colder part of the country you'll learn a LOT from patandchickens Big Ol' Ventilation page.

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  3. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    Quote:Consider drainage and exposure to wind when you plan your layout. Also, Depending on climate, summer shade is a consideration. I've got my coop under a maple tree that gives shade in the summer, but lets the winter sun through.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The main two things will be a) ensuring the coop has sufficient windbreak if it is atop a really exposed height of land; and b) preventing erosion in the sloped run once the grass is gone. Depending on the severity of slope, it can be helpful to terrace the run, embed rot-resistant poles crosswise at intervals down the slope, add a reasonably heavy gravel-type mix to protect the dirt, etc. Also make sure the coop has gutters with downspouts that direct roof water well AWAY from the run area.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. ...and be sure the drainage is an approved distance from your well...zoning may require that, too! It's for your safety...
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    It really depends where you are, and how your coop is built. If I put my coop on the top of the hill, it would blow away in the first wind storm.

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