wire on bottom of run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rabbits and chickens share a run. I want to put wire on the bottom, if I cover the wire with dirt how deep do you think I should make it?

    I was thinking about a foot of dirt to allow some scratching and dust bathing.
     
  2. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    6-8 inches would work as well. Don't need to be a full foot!
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought about just doing a few inches, but thought it might be fun for the rabbits and chickens to have some digging room. I have one hen (a cochin) who loves to dig holes and sit in them.
     
  4. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens dig deep holes for dust bathing. If you don't want them down to the wire I would go with almost a foot. If you don't care about exposed wire, half of that will do.
     

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