SOLICITING IDEAS & SUGGESTIONS

kwhites634

Slow hands & an easy touch
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I'm in Frederick Co., MD; not exactly the flattest place in the world. I'm trying to design a 2nd run, for chicks & more space for the overall flock once the chicks are big enough to join them.

My 1st run is based on a 16'x4' chain link dog kennel, a remnant of my dog breeding days. With one end positioned at the front of the coop, the far end was 2' above grade, necessitating the stacking of cinder blocks to support it & get it somewhat level. That also meant attaching 1"x2" welded wire (a lot of it) to the bottom of the kennel panels to keep unwanted critters at bay. That run's been in service a few months now, & is working well, but I want the new run to be more aesthetically pleasing, while still being safe & functional. More kennel panels aren't an option; I used all I had on hand. I'm thinking more along the lines of 1"x2" welded wire on wooden posts with 2"x4" horizontals top & bottom.

I'm wide open to suggestions; the BYC community is the best source I know for such things.
 

Emma Miriam

Chirping
Jun 23, 2015
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New England
I recently built a run on a slope (sloped not just one but both ways). It was 2x2s and hardware cloth, with a metal roof. It's doable, but requires a saw that can cut precise angled cuts and LOTS of trigonometry. :) Each support had to be cut at an angle so that it would stand erect. So you could go that route if you wanted...if so, download a Level app on your phone. Seriously, it helped A TON.

I can post a pic of my run later if you'd like.
 

kwhites634

Slow hands & an easy touch
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11 Years
Oct 20, 2008
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Right here; north-central MD
I recently built a run on a slope (sloped not just one but both ways). It was 2x2s and hardware cloth, with a metal roof. It's doable, but requires a saw that can cut precise angled cuts and LOTS of trigonometry.
Each support had to be cut at an angle so that it would stand erect. So you could go that route if you wanted...if so, download a Level app on your phone. Seriously, it helped A TON.

I can post a pic of my run later if you'd like.
Thanks for the input. I'm not too far removed from the old "turn the crank & have Sarah connect you" days; don't have a 'smart' phone & wouldn't know how to operate it if I did. Never made it beyond Algebra I, and that was 54 yrs. ago.

I'm thinking about using welded wire & simply cutting it vertically & overlapping wherever needed to conform to variances in ground level.
 

indicaLethal

In the Brooder
Aug 29, 2015
24
1
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Maryland
[COLOR=800000]I'm in Frederick Co., MD; not exactly the flattest place in the world. I'm trying to design a 2nd run, for chicks & more space for the overall flock once the chicks are big enough to join them.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=800000]My 1st run is based on a 16'x4' chain link dog kennel, a remnant of my dog breeding days. With one end positioned at the front of the coop, the far end was 2' above grade, necessitating the stacking of cinder blocks to support it & get it somewhat level. That also meant attaching 1"x2" welded wire (a lot of it) to the bottom of the kennel panels to keep unwanted critters at bay. That run's been in service a few months now, & is working well, but I want the new run to be more aesthetically pleasing, while still being safe & functional. More kennel panels aren't an option; I used all I had on hand. I'm thinking more along the lines of 1"x2" welded wire on wooden posts with 2"x4" horizontals top & bottom.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=800000]I'm wide open to suggestions; the BYC community is the best source I know for such things.[/COLOR]

I'm in Harford county Maryland and I too have my coop and run on a slope. Right now they are in a Tractor supply coop and a lattice fence run, very temporary! So I'm all ears to suggestions as well!
 

kwhites634

Slow hands & an easy touch
Premium member
11 Years
Oct 20, 2008
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31,995
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Right here; north-central MD
I'm in Harford county Maryland and I too have my coop and run on a slope. Right now they are in a Tractor supply coop and a lattice fence run, very temporary! So I'm all ears to suggestions as well!
One advantage we share is that we have our birds secure where we can keep an eye on them, so we can research, ask questions, and modify as we see fit without compromising the safety & security of what we already have.
 

Emma Miriam

Chirping
Jun 23, 2015
211
19
66
New England
Thanks for the input. I'm not too far removed from the old "turn the crank & have Sarah connect you" days; don't have a 'smart' phone & wouldn't know how to operate it if I did. Never made it beyond Algebra I, and that was 54 yrs. ago.

I'm thinking about using welded wire & simply cutting it vertically & overlapping wherever needed to conform to variances in ground level.


That sounds good. I would either bury it in the ground a few inches or bend the bottom out along the ground and use yard staples to secure it. That way nothing can slip in underneath.
 
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