Run - apron? Buried wire? Both?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KWVT, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. KWVT

    KWVT Chirping

    May 6, 2017
    We are new to having chickens and are finishing up our coop/run.

    I'm trying to figure it the best way to secure the run. Some people say bury wire 1-2' and others use an apron of wire around the outside. People don't do both do they?

    I'm leaning toward adding an apron of hardware cloth on top of the grass and finding a way to anchor it until the grass grows through and helps hold it in place. Is that good or should I try to bury it instead? We definitely have fox because I've seen them during the day after they cut hay next door. We also have raccoons. I don't think dogs or bear should be a big issue.

    I have some areas where the run was built level on unlevel ground. Adding an apron and then back filling the gaps (on top of the hardware cloth) with dirt would work, yes? It would only be a few inches underground, but I could come out 1-2 feet around the run.

    Here is the back side (run is L shaped and wraps around the front). It's obviously not done in this picture, but it's too dark to go take another right now!

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  2. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
    Yes, an apron 2 feet out will be fine. hold it down with landscaping pins. Nice job on the run also!
  3. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Songster

    Apr 1, 2014
    Longville, La
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    Since you have pretty good grass in the area, you won't even know it's there after a couple weeks. Much easier than burying it and just as effective in my opinion.
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  4. KWVT

    KWVT Chirping

    May 6, 2017
    Perfect, thanks! I think it will end up partially buried in spots because I do want to add some soil where there are gaps due to the ground being unlevel, but I won't worry about digging any big trenches!
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  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I like to bury the apron about 2", which means take up the turf, put in the apron, then put the sod back on top of it. That keeps the apron out of the way of weed eaters and lawn mowers. Otherwise you probably need to lay something on top of it to keep it flat so the grass can grow up through it to hold it down. Taking a layer of sod off the top should be a whole lot easier than digging a trench, especially if your soil is as rocky as mine.

    I have had something, my guess is coyotes, try to dig into my run a few times. The apron worked.
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  6. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch

    For the most part, the aprons work, but I have burrows where rats have dug under & come up inside the run.
  7. jeria

    jeria Songster

    May 5, 2017
    Independence MO
    Thanks for posting this mine will be similar. Mine will be on a slope so much leveling. I tilled the perimeter so I can level the foundation and have cement blocks at the low end with the hardware cloth anchored under it so that end it will be buried. Hauling at least 40 bags of dirt for fill. There will be patio blocks as a foundation all the way around also anchoring one side of the hardware cloth. We have lots of coons so hoping this will stop them. A bit of dirt, grass seed and straw over the wire to even things out a bit and keep my dogs from mud if it rains.
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  8. pamelajean

    pamelajean Songster

    Aug 3, 2017
    British Columbia
    I like this idea - I think we we'll bury a couple of inches. I was worried about the wire hurting our ducks feet!
  9. pamelajean

    pamelajean Songster

    Aug 3, 2017
    British Columbia
    What do y'all do under the door? Just hope for the best there?
  10. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    The door to my run has a wood frame where you can attach the apron. As long as it doesn't have a gap between the door and the frame, you should be good.
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