Thanks already for your help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HennyPennyCO, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. HennyPennyCO

    HennyPennyCO Chirping

    Aug 18, 2014
    Hi everyone!
    Thanks to the folk on the Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance forum, especially GeorgiaGail in the "stuck for a kennel run roof" started by ams4766. The detailed photos were just what I needed to see, although GG's in a warmer part of the country than Colorado. Like ams I've got to worry about snow, but thanks to BYC I've got IDEAS now (my husband is afraid of my ideas - they lead to no good, he feels [​IMG] ). What else could I do but join you all?

    We've moved to suburbia and our local city council is now allowing mini-agricultural pursuits in our suburban backyards. A fortuitous discovery of a new neighbor just putting the old chicken coop out by the street to sell (they were moving up to a bigger coop), combined with the gift of an unused chainlink 7' x 7' dog run led to the purchase of 2 pullets, a New England Red & a Barred Rock.

    The coop is sitting inside the dog run, but the run is as yet unroofed. I think protection is fine for the coyotes, foxes and my own dogs, so was primarily worried about raccoons (reason 1) getting in from the top. Then, coincidentally, a back-fence neighbor came to warn me that a hawk (reason 2) had been seen spying on her neighbor's small dogs. (She knew I had a chihuahua or two, but didn't even know about the new chickens.) Yesterday, (the first day of chicken-keeping [​IMG]) I let the hens out of their coop to investigate the confines of the dog run, then went inside the house to prepare get more feed. When I came out, they had escaped (reason 3) and were running around the yard pursued by four dogs! Yikes! It all ended well, with the aid of the garden hose to remind the dogs to "leave it".

    So, 3 reasons to roof the run. I think the snow protection will wait for later.


  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Glad all went will with the dogs.
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Congratulations on your new flock and coop! Glad the dog encounter ended well, ya, sounds like you got three reasons to roof the run right off!
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Penny! Glad you decided to join our flock. I would definitely get a roof on your run. Also, I hope you are using hardware cloth instead of chicken wire as many predators can either tear through chicken wire or pass through the openings in the mesh. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm glad the dog encounter went well. Usually it doesn't!
    Congrats on your flock![​IMG]
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, nothing better than knowing your birds are in a secure run! Dogs love to eat chickens, so watch them closely along with all the other predators that love chickens too.

    Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, thank goodness for the garden hose.

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