Chicken Enclosure

Do you keep livestock? Having any problems? Want to talk about it, whether it be sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, bees or llamas, here is your place to discuss.
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Millymollymandy
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Post: # 100928Post Millymollymandy
Tue May 06, 2008 11:34 am

Oops forgot to say - happy hens! Clever and easy idea of yours - well done! :cheers:

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Post: # 100941Post Thomzo
Tue May 06, 2008 12:02 pm

Hi
I have a couple of different runs in the garden. From time to time I walk them from the main one to one of the others. It's really funny to see them all walking in a row like ducks.

It does seem to take ages for the ground to recover. I have one run that I have kept them off for about 6 months now and the grass has only just begun to grow back (but then it was over winter).

My girls (all ex-batts) don't seem to mind that they are scratching in mud rather than grass most of the time. They get plenty of greens added to their diet and a lot of prunings and weedings to play with and they seem quite happy.

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Post: # 100946Post CaundleMama
Tue May 06, 2008 12:11 pm

ahhh thanks for the info on photos MMM :flower: Hullo Zoe :flower: Hubby wasnt too dismayed when he got home :lol: his plan tho is to make wire panels that slot into posts with grooves in them,so I can then make a maze :mrgreen: I shouted oh GOODY :cheers: I can get a minotaur :cheers:
at which point he DID do this :roll:

:lol: :lol:

I think it will end up with the whole of that side being chicken~ed,no problem as far as I am concerned as the more space they have the better,but dad was a bit :pale: as hes so fond of damn lawn :roll: honestly theres masses at the front of the house to keep him happy,the hens are growing on him thohe was tossing them snails & laughing when they charged around with them :lol:

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Post: # 107121Post RBG
Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:52 am

I keep half the outdoor run covered with old sacks, which stops it from getting too muddy - the run is roofed with wire netting to keep cats out and chickens in. They like the bare dirt, and often dig holes and bury themselves up to the neck in them.

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Post: # 107145Post CaundleMama
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:01 am

oo the sacking is a good idea thanks for that :flower:

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Post: # 108671Post VM
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:26 pm

People at our allotment site have chickens in a fixed run which is roofed over - we are in sunny (not) Manchester and they found when they didn't roof it, that the ground became a mudbath very quickly. We are doing the same thing with our chicken run (which is made but as yet has no chickens in it) - I have some concerns about whether they will get enough direct sun, but it is open around the sides and fairly big, so I think they will be alright - our site is exposed and windy (as well as being in Manchester!) so shelter seems to be the priority.

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