skirts for runs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CassInMass, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. CassInMass

    CassInMass Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone added a hardware cloth skirt to a portable run/tractor? How wide should it be and how did you keep it anchored so nothing would dig under it?
     
  2. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By skirt do you mean laid out horizontal like around the base?

    I've put alot of thought into this because last summer we used paving stones around the base, which was, well, inefficient... as I move their hutch & attached run every weekend to a new patch of grass/bugs so long as there is not snow on the ground.

    This spring I figure I will build some rectangle frames with the hardware cloth stapled to them, probably 12" wide and 3' long, then attach them to the run with hinges(so I can attach a string and loop system that lets me pull them all up with one pull and then tie down the end while I move it, so they dont get in the way or broken during the movement process). I am not too worried about it being anchored as paws dont do to well at lifting up things, plus diggers will dig next to the fence line, but adding a few tent type stakes might be a good idea. But on the other hand I don't have a high predator concern, so long as I keep my dogs out of the run, the dogs keep everything else away. So my design idea is mostly just to keep my dogs out and provide decent protection on the rare nights when both dogs come in for the night(one of them just likes to be outside 24/7).
     
  3. CassInMass

    CassInMass Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks,
    That's just what I'll do. I do have fox and mink around as well as my dogs. I like the idea of a string/rope that could be used with a tent post. That should keep them secure. I, too, will build them with hardware cloth and 2x3's.
     

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