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Cecil



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 1:27 pm    Post subject: Chicken runs Reply with quote
    

Hi,
Im getting a chicken house for chrimbo from the wife. Im going to build the run myself, but can anyone tell me how to keep foxes etc from digging underneath the run to get to the chickens. Should the run have chicken wire on the floor of it as well to stop the fox getting in?
Has anyone any experience of this?
Cheers

alison
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Is it going to be a portable run or static.

Cecil



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hi Alison,
think Im going to make it a portable run as dont want the chickens bathing in mud.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

chicken wire doesnt stop them........... sorry m8, putting them away at night does tho

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you had a run with a chicken wire floor (on grass), would it be bad for the chickens' feet? I can't imagine it would be very comfortable for them, but it would be convinient to move.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Wire on the floor stops one of their natrual behaviours though. Scratching.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 04 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have an ark with a run (there's the odd pic on my web site) . The floor has the small galvanised welded square mesh (13mm) on the floor. This is to stop foxes and rats getting in and our three girls have been fine for over three years.

They may not be able to get much grass but as they are left for a while there's not much else we can do. They are let out and have free roam of the garden when we are in, which is very often.

The only injury was when Marmie lost a claw (see the article on ailments in the front section). She's don it twice and both times it was when she was in the garden and not in the wired enclosure.

I do remember reading that you may not need a wired run or buried wire if there is hard standing round the run. So paving slabs around the outside may stop a fox digging under as long as it cannot lift the run. However, I've not tried this and I don't know if it would work. Our foxes round here do dig under garden fences so I think they would easily dig into a chicken run.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

wake up, if the fox wants in yr ark it will get in the run, its not rocket science, the fox will not come during the day(I know theres the exception to the rule) just put the things away at night.
I have an earth thats regulary inhabited in the back 8 hectares we loose NO chickens , why because they are put away.
Rats well keep the place clean if they want in they will gnaw through the wood anyway

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Urban foxes will and do come during the day. They often can be seen in our back garden because daft people feed them. That's why my ark is completely enclosed, even on the ground.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The majority orf our fox attacks have been in the afternoon, and we are in the country!

We always lock up at dusk.

anneka



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yup! Allways lock ours up at night and the time we lost them was 3pm on a sunday afternoon.

Anneka

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 8:15 pm    Post subject: Fox barriers Reply with quote
    

You might try putting lengths of chicken wire flat on the ground around the outside of the run. Foxes and other predators usually start digging right at the fence wall, and they get discouraged pretty quickly if they keep hitting wire.

Just a thought, from the Northeast US

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Please register, mystery American guest. Most of the site is not continent specific.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have seen a great permenant structure which had two areas for running, which were alternated as they needed. the house was in the middle, with two pop holes, into either run. The whole thing had 6' fencing, chicken wire, then at the bottem, about 9" high there was a single strand of electric fence wire, with a battery unit. It was very successful on many fronts.

Lindsay



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 04 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Where did you see that, Ali? Sounds interesting.

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