1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Things to put in the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kchopper, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. roj

    roj New Egg

    8
    0
    7
    Jan 2, 2011
    Eastern Mass
    A bunny in the run? Interesting! How does that work?
     
  2. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    250
    4
    121
    Dec 29, 2008
    N.O.L.A.
    About 2X per month in the fall and winter I add a (lawn) trash bag of dried leaves into their run. I then daily toss a handful of scratch or layer pellets into the leaf pile. They spend hours scratching through the leaves to find the hidden "treats." This keeps them busy, quiet and gives a nice non-muddy base to the run. In the summer I do the same with bags of grass clippings (pesticide free.)
    Every spring I roto-till the run and get to remove about 5-6 inches of composted soil for my gardens.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    I thought the chickens would get "stopped up" in their crop w/the grass clippings?? cause we have a LOT of them we can use to throw in there once in a while..
     
  4. One Silly Chicken

    One Silly Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    29
    0
    22
    Feb 23, 2011
    Eastern PA
    Question: Should you cover the top of the run area? I have my coop & run in the woods (alot of tall trees) but I was worried about hawks flying in & taking my chickens.
     
  5. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

    482
    4
    121
    Jan 27, 2010
    Quote:Ha, you jest, but I actually had a carpenter friend make me a chicken exercise wheel from an opossum-rescue website:

    http://www.opossumsocietyus.org/opossum_exercise_wheel.htm

    Now I just need to take delivery of my spring chicks and wait for them to grow up and curiosity to take over, especially if I put treats on the wheel surface. [​IMG]
     
  6. terry's chicks

    terry's chicks Out Of The Brooder

    71
    0
    39
    Feb 15, 2011
    I am having a problem finding out what to put over our run, it's 30'x30' fence is 5' high, a couple of trees in middle of run? We have every predator possible here where we live, In the woods, I thought about deer netting, but afraid the preditors would climb up and fall in. we have lots of hawks, foxes, racoons possums. it would be very expensive to use hardwire to cover that big of an area? Thought about chicken wire?
     
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,852
    23
    221
    May 23, 2009
    DFW
    Quote:Yes, that's a risk. You can approach it several ways. Some people string wire with old cds attached to them over the top of the run. Some use deer netting, bird netting, etc. Some use chicken wire or hardware cloth. It just depends on your set up and what is feasible.

    If your run has lots of trees and bushes, the chickens will hopefully learn to use these as natural cover to hide from hawks, too. But it's a risk, definitely.
     
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,852
    23
    221
    May 23, 2009
    DFW
    terry's chicks :

    I am having a problem finding out what to put over our run, it's 30'x30' fence is 5' high, a couple of trees in middle of run? We have every predator possible here where we live, In the woods, I thought about deer netting, but afraid the preditors would climb up and fall in. we have lots of hawks, foxes, racoons possums. it would be very expensive to use hardwire to cover that big of an area? Thought about chicken wire?

    Hawks are daytime predators, but the others you mention are usually (although not always) nocturnal. Some people approach the problem by locking their chickens inside a secure coop at night. Then they only worry about securing their runs from typical daytime predators.​
     
  9. Zinmaker

    Zinmaker Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    22
    Jul 2, 2010
    I have a couple of saw horses in the run. Didn't have a place to store them, and my chickens seem to like the saw horses as a perch. Thanks for all of the other ideas peeps.
     
  10. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

    585
    2
    121
    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    I like the branch idea. I have some acacia branches I cut, good hard wood. I can put some of those in the open area besides of course their roosting perch up high and sheltered for them to sleep on.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by