Wouldn't it be cool...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ncCHICKS, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    I am still figuring out how I want to build my coop and run and just thought...

    We have 2 outside dogs, my 14 year old Shepherd mix and my brothers 8 month old american pit bull terrier. They have a 60x120 run that is divided in two. If I could shut them into one of the 60x60 areas, that would give my chickens a 60x60 run! It is a 6 foot tall fence. Do you think they'd jump it, should I clip their wings? It's chainlink. I could have a HECK OF A LOT OF CHICKENS.
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    ohhhhh you could have atleast 300 chickens in there less if the coop is also in there. Hey it is waaaaay to much room for two dogs, you could divide a 60x60 in two nd the dogs would sill have plenty of run. The only thing that concerns me is that your dogs "could" try going for a snack.
  3. I'm guessing that the pit would be eager to eat (not against the breed, more like age) I don't know what the old guy has been raised around.
  4. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    60X60!!!!! Thats HUGE!! You could have alot of chickens in that!!! [​IMG]
  5. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    My hens are clearing a 5 foot fence without a second thought. You might want to start thinking about covering the run. One of my hens flew over the fence into the part of the yard where one of my dogs was. I buried her yesterday morning.
  6. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    The only concern I would have would be when the chickens stick their heads through the chainlink to the dogs side. I wouldn't even trust my dogs on the other side of the kennel. I have a somewhat similar situation with my dogs and chickens but I have a 10' section inbetween them to make sure my dogs can't grab the chickens. Also consider the digging factor.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  7. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    Well my brother doesn't live there and my mom doesn't like the dog, so he was told put her on a tie out or take her to his house. The dog, no offense to her its not her fault, is stupid. She annoys my old boy (wish he wasn't so stubborn about being outside since I like inside dogs)
  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I say go for it. Put chicken wire on the chain link wire to deter the chickens even more but just the barking may disturb the chickens. I have 6 Silkie roos in a 30x 30 and they love it. Of course, Silkies don't fly so I have no problem and even some of my birds that had clipped wings (I didn't do it) still made it over the fence into the yard with them but it is only 4' high. The Silkie boys loved that the girls were coming to visit!
    I think you can definitely work something out for that to be a good place for some chickens.[​IMG]
  9. gottaknit

    gottaknit In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    Good lord - 60x120 is bigger than most people's lots around here! I would worry about the chickens jumping the fence (mine could) right into the dogs' area. Yikes. Maybe consider a buffer "moat" between? Fence off a strip, say 6ft wide, and use this as a storage area or something?

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