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Got tired of chickens pooping on the deck and patio but i still wanted them to have more room than the crappy coop i bought from TSC. So i made this run that i can open and close the doors at the coop once they have scratched down to the dirt in one of the runs. tried to make it cheap and maint free, the frame hoops are 1/2 poly pipe for irrigation. PVC on the ends for stiffness. the doors are on a closet door bypass track. So far it working pretty good.

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Got tired of chickens pooping on the deck and patio but i still wanted them to have more room than the crappy coop i bought from TSC. So i made this run that i can open and close the doors at the coop once they have scratched down to the dirt in one of the runs. tried to make it cheap and maint free, the frame hoops are 1/2 poly pipe for irrigation. PVC on the ends for stiffness. the doors are on a closet door bypass track. So far it working pretty good.

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I’ve got some ancient chicken coops on my property from before I was born. The problem(s) are the dog and wild predators. This might work well for me. Thanks for the idea.
 

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That is neat. Climbing on the car to peck off the dead bugs is also a highlight of loose chicken time. And of course they need to leave a present.
 

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:bigthumb: now that is thinking outside the box very well indeed. isn't fresh eggs every day such a treat:yahoo:
 

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I lost 40 chickens to predators and if I ever get a few chickens that looks like the ideal setup to ward off predators. I noticed you said "little chicken" run so would this design also work for big chickens?:dunno:
 

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I lost 40 chickens to predators and if I ever get a few chickens that looks like the ideal setup to ward off predators. I noticed you said "little chicken" run so would this design also work for big chickens?:dunno:
I wouldnt call it predator proof at all, part of the reason for having the doors, i can lock them in at night. The netting is just plastic and the polypipe just sits on the ground. The design would work for big chicken, you just need to make the hoops taller, hahaha
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No need to worry about big chickens. They are normally called dinner around here.
 

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Those are laying chickens, you wouldnt want to eat them. Be like eating boot leather. Where did you do you EIB??? Got mine in Korea
Ahh. Chicken soup. Maybe dice them up and make some Chicken Ala King and it would bring back memories of MREs :dunno:

Got mine in Hohenfels Germany. That would have been about the spring of 1997 I think. True Blue but somehow managed to break both my feet on the 12 miler. At least I was able to make it across the line on my heels. It took me 45 min to get to the 6 mile turn around point where I could hear and sure felt my right foot snap and two steps later my left. The guy I was jogging with even heard them snap. 2 more hrs to get back to the finish line giving me 15 min to complete the M16 part. During train up I had been jogging the entire 12 miles in 1.5 to 1.75 hrs. That was back when I was in pretty good shape. Extended scale on the 17-22 age group for PT Test even though I was older than that. I was laid for a bit afterwards but as you know, once you get it, never have to do it again. It also helps in the promotion side of things as well. I think it was the afternoon of the 3rd day that I finally got to and then passed the grenade station on first shot that I was pretty darn sure I had it in the bag. All it would take is one bad bounce at that station and you were recycled. That always seemed to wash out a lot of guys.

Pretty much all my time was spent in 3rd Inf Regiment and 4th Inf Regiment. My crest below my name was 3rd Inf Reg where I maintained my regimental affiliation.
 
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