Run is finished! Link to my page

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FisherMOM, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    We finished the run.. and I am wondering if I should use these landscape timbers. I buried the hardware cloth 4 inches or so.. and lined it with rocks, then dirt. If I space these timbers like they are and plant flowers between them and the run.. will that make it easier for critters to dig under my wire?

    If you go to MyPage.. check out the inside of the coop so far too on the page titled Inside Coop. [​IMG]

    Whatcha think?

    Click here to see, please!
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Hi, I think the way you build your run depends on the predators in your area.
    I didn't bury my hardware cloth, I turned the bottom of the wire outward so there is a one foot area of wire around the run. But at one foot it was breached by a rat. So now I'll be doing 2 feet along the ground.
    I think anything would dig 4 inches down. But you did a real nice job with the run and coop. Good luck
  3. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY

    Rats have been known to be around the area. It has been a while, but they have been around. We have coyotes, fox, raccoons, opossums, skunks, and weasels. The weasels are iffy.. but folks that live 2 miles from me had weasels attack their chickens years ago....
  4. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    Really nice, yes it would be cute to put flowers there.

    I would advise the hardware cloth be buried deeper next time, just to be safe.

  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    ooooo, I love that barrier between the hens and roo. Is the coop separated too and are you planning on breeding them? I was thinking of doing something like that [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2008
  6. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY

    The inside of the coop was going to be separate because of age difference in chickens... but they are all getting along now. So the inside will be ONE room. yeah! much easier.

    The outside has a door in the middle that I can use to separate them if I want.. or only let them use one side if I want.

    Originally.. that too was to keep the separate and keep them from fighting.

    I only buried 4 inches (maybe 6) because I just could not afford all that hardware cloth. I figure the rocks will help. The ground was pretty rocky in most places too. It was a bear putting in most all of the posts!

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