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UPDATE: Run reno and mud eradication project DONE!

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

  1. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Figured I'd start a thread to keep track of this project's progress. [​IMG]

    I have a muddy, nasty run. Only 3 hens, but once you put together rain, poop, and spilled food . . . well, ICK! Esp. in winter it's nasty.

    So I am embarking on a Mud Eradication project, per this very useful page ( https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-fix-a-muddy-run ) (thanks, Pat!).

    Eventually I will be adding geotextile landscaping fabric, with gravel and sand on top, to the run footing (Part 3). This weekend I accomplished Part 1 (Intercept Water Before it Enters the Run).

    In the past I used a tarp over the top of my run (which had a welded wire cover I made myself). But last winter the top had sagged somewhat, water collected in the tarp, and that caused the wire to tear loose from the frame. I jerry-rigged it back to keep predators out but it looked terrible and obviously a tarp no longer was an option.

    My run is a 10x10 chainlink dog kennel, and I found this at Tractor Supply: http://www.tractorsupply.com/pet-ca...of-cover-kit-for-10-ft-x-10-ft-kennel-1012319 . It is a tubular steel frame w/ a tarp stretched over it, making a pitched roof.

    Yesterday I made a new wire top for the kennel, using better wire (woven, not welded) this time. Once that was on, I assembled the TSC kennel cover. I was working alone, and the instructions said that I would need 2-3 people to get it up there, but I did it all by myself! I am woman: hear me roar. [​IMG] Thing weighs close to 100 pounds, but I was able to sort of walk it up. I bolted it on and it looks GREAT!!!

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    I'm looking for another 10x10 kennel on Craigslist, which I plan to put behind the current one--this pic shows the back of the run--the new pen will butt up to this one here, with a gate panel replacing the one currently there.

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    Like this:

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    I plan to keep this section of the run for nice days only, and to restrict their access to it, in the hopes of being able to keep grass in it. They will always have access to the original run, but only sometimes will have access to the second run.

    Next step is footing, but it may be a little while. It's a big job and I have to figure out how to get the gravel. [​IMG] I'll post my progress as I make it!
     
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  2. savingpurple

    savingpurple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks great! Have been eyeing dog kennels on craigslist as I sure like the look better than what we have now. We did what we did because that is what we could afford at the time, but will continue to improve as I can.

    It sure is a nice coop,and run. Love the color of it too. Great job! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
     
  3. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I like chainlink b/c it's totally predator proof. I have a hardware cloth apron that extends 2 feet along the ground (staked in) and 2 feet up the sides to dissuade smaller predators (and raccoon arms on the few occasions when the chix aren't locked up in their house by the time it's dark).

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  4. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That looks really good. I want to get one of those kennel covers for our run. It isn't chain link but I'm hoping we could somehow affix one to the top of it anyway.
     
  6. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great job [​IMG] that roofing was so not easy !
     
  7. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It comes w/ the flanges that are used to attach chainlink kennels together, but you could use something else instead to affix the top to something else, I expect. [​IMG]
     
  8. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just added a new perch to the setup, made of 2 concrete blocks and a 2x4:

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    I'm also going to put 2 18" long perches on the central post (which provides support for the wire pen roof)--one perch will be lower and one higher. I'll post pix when I get that done. [​IMG]
     
  9. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Looks super! I have a suggestion for you and that's for you to put a rain gutter on the side of the coop that hangs over the run. That'll eliminate a lot of the roof run off!!
    Love when industrious women have that "can do" spirit!! BRAVO!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Chicken Coach

    Chicken Coach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look great.I'm glad for anyone getting something . I'm never done as soon as i get one pen done i'm starting another.
     

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