Temporary food shelter (and chicken shelter)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pawsplus, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my young ones keep refusing to go into their Mini Cooper except at night. I don't understand it! I leave food in there in case it rains and when I return even if it was GREAT food it's never gone. The same food left in the run is gone in a flash.

    We hadn't had much rain but this week I knew we would have some so I rigged up this quicky shelter. It's just a 2x2 piece of exterior grade plywood, which has 2 holes drilled on 2 sides. Through those holes I ran heavy wire and I wired it to the sides of the run in the corner.

    Then I put a screweye in at the point and attached a piece of cable to it with a clip on the end. The clip attaches to the pen, holding that corner up. It seems to work--it rained yesterday, and when I got home the chix were dry and their food had been eaten. [​IMG]

    Thought this might be useful for someone.

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    Closeup showing cable attachment:

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  2. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    I don't see any evidence that they have been on top of the board - and that is what I expected. My own girls like to be out in the weather - preferring a bush or tree to their night house. [​IMG]
     
  3. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I don't think they have been up there--but they're young and not yet roosting very high. I don't mind if they CHOOSE to be out in the rain--just wanted them to have a place they would go into if they wanted/needed to. For some reason they won't go in their little coop during the day even for favorite treats, so I felt they needed another option. [​IMG]
     
  4. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:great idea! Thanks! [​IMG]
     

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