Using a dog kennel as a coop

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cereall, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. cereall

    cereall Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to get the above 10L x 10W x 6H kennel from Petsmart to use as a coop. I'm planning on putting 1/2 inch hardware cloth over all the chain link and using it in a 2 ft skirt around the bottom. I've been having trouble finding A-frame covers. Does anybody know of any frame that has a cover strong enough to keep out raccoons for about $100 or less? Or would it be better to buy just the frame and get a strong tarp separately?
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    How handy are you? You could construct a roof with 2x4 & roofing material, I'd think a raccoon will tear through a tarp. Or wire the top and then tarp over but depending on your weather conditions that may not be a good idea. More will peep in with suggestions....
     
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a dog kennel for breeding and brooding turkeys.

    I arched cattle panels over the top. Then stretched a tarp over that. So that gave me a top height of 11 to 12 feet. But I wanted the height for higher roosts.

    I had one pen get deformed in a 80 plus mile an hour wind but it still functions.

    No coon problems ripping thru the tarp yet. 1 have rehomed 9 coons, 5 possums, and a couple cats since spring came around.

    For most 10x10 pens they sell universal tops for a little over 100 dollars.
     
  4. cereall

    cereall Out Of The Brooder

    I thought about making a cover out of corrugated roofing, but I need to be able to disassemble it and that wouldn't work. The weather here is pretty mild though so I don't need to worry about snow or extreme weather. I found these nice looking ones at home depot and the fabric looks tough in the closeup.

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  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG]Looks good!
     
  6. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hardware cloth on the top with a tarp over it will provide better security against coons than just a tarp will.
    I would prefer a small welded wire like 1"x1" or 1/2"x 1/2" rather than hardware cloth.
     

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