Garden Life poultry run

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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by chrismahon » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:02 am

Chap in Derby watched the foxes tear through the ties on his cctv playback Chickenfan. I told him if he ran a separate wire through the mesh and tied that to the frame it would have spread the load across the ties. The answer is to use more and better ties I suppose or use wire to secure the mesh along the bottom and up the sides. The fox worked on each tie in turn until enough had failed to push the mesh off the frame and get in.
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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by Marigold » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:44 am

The advantage of a wooden frame to a run is that you can easily staple the mesh to the uprights and horizontal supports, but as
Chris says you can also reinforce the fixings with wire. When we made our run (mesh on wood) I joined the horizontal pieces of mesh between the uprights by 'sewing' them together with garden wire, which is thin and soft to work with but very strong once woven in place, I should think you could go round and round the struts on the metal frame in the same way. As the mesh would be supported along its whole length there would be no risk of sagging between ties.
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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by chickenfan » Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:27 pm

Thank you both for all your thoughts on this. I think it might be easier to start from scratch with a wood frame, or to use electric fencing.
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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by BabyBantam » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:17 pm

I would go for the electric fencing, I have just bought some with a hot gate and it's flexible, movable, easy to use and I love it. Again, just think of overhanging trees and use a piece of string to work out what length you want before you buy. Bit worried about Chris's comments about the fox though, too foxy by far :D
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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by Marigold » Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:27 am

Yes electric fencing is flexible and useful to give extra space, but if course it provides no shelter, whereas with a wood and mesh run you can easily put on a roof and some protection round the aids to keep the floor, the feed and the dustbath dry and resist the worst of the wind. You can also easily attach custom- made perches etc to the wooden uprights. Also there's always the possibility of a power failure win electric, heather you use battery or mains, and you have to keep on trimming grass and weeds to avoid short circuits round the base,
I think either method has advantages but they do quite different jobs.
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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by chickenfan » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:23 pm

The wooden framed run sounds to be the ideal, Marigold, because of the luxuries one can provide - but I am unfortunately not practical and would have to pay someone to build it, which might be quite costly. People round here do use the electric runs successfully. I guess one just has to be very careful. As I don't have carpentry skills, I think I may save up for an Omlet walk in run for my allotment which I can put together myself, move, and which has a good second hand value if I need to sell it on later.
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Re: Garden Life poultry run

Post by chickenfan » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:28 pm

Forgot to say the Omlet weldmesh run can also be padlocked, which might help a bit against theft.
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