would a chain link dog run be good for chickens and ducks

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by easterlyfarms, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. easterlyfarms

    easterlyfarms In the Brooder

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    Would a chain link dog run/kennel keep most predators out of the run. Around us we have red fox, coyotes, racoons, possum, etc. I live Illinois. do you think this would protect them
     
  2. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    It should work excellent as long as you have a top on it and run wire under the bottom so they can't dig in. I have some plans and pics on my page.
     
  3. easterlyfarms

    easterlyfarms In the Brooder

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    ya but i am worried a racoon or possum could fit inside the holes in the chainlink. have you lost any before u had a chain link fence. have you lost any since you had a chainlink fence.[​IMG]
     
  4. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Songster

    Aug 23, 2008
    I'm hoping to score some old chainlink fencing on cl or freecycle to build our run with. But I am considering putting hardware cloth around the bottom perimeter as well. We also have coons and possums here. Our dogs are good at keeping them away but with my luck on a cold day they'll be in the dog house and miss something.
     
  5. dlfridie

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    I have the chainlink run with 2 chickens in it. So far so good. There's chickenwire 48" from the bottom up and on the top. Also, I have some boards across the top. Check my byc page.
     
  6. ponchiepeepsDH

    ponchiepeepsDH In the Brooder

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    We use a 6x8 dog run for our inner run. I had left over 2x2 5' fencing that I used for the top and bottom. Afterwards I lined the sides and top with chicken wire, we attached it with lockwire. SO you get the strength of the run and the small hole size of the chicken wire. The fencing on the bottom we covered with dirt to protect their feet. It's fort knox protected.
     
  7. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Coons especially cn reach through and get a bird!
     
  8. LizzyJo

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    That's what I have for my girls. I don't worry about coons because the feather people are locked in their coop at night. It's just as well, because I don't have a top on it. It is six feet tall and so far only one chicken has flown up to the top, perched and looked around and then flew back down. This is at 5 months. I'm hoping that when they're older and heavier this won't happen anymore.
     
  9. AnnesChicks

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    Take a look at my BYC page, we used an old dog run we had and set up our run the end of Februay, so far so good...we did use zip ties to attach chicken wire all along the bottom, around the full run, it helps with the spaces between the panels and the gate too. Then for added insurance we took old fencing we had, bent it in a L shape, zip tied the top to the chainlink and used landscape pins to hold it down so the grass could grow through it. Just in case something decided to try to dig in.
     
  10. LizzyJo

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    Hey AnnesChicks, I'm originally from Westport!
     
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