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Author Topic: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!  (Read 52250 times)

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GrannieAnnie

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2011, 09:05 »
GrannieAnnie, do you keep your Brian in that run all the time, or is he allowed out to free range sometimes?

 :lol: :lol: :lol:  Unfortunately Lindeggs, Brian escapes a bit too often!

I like the 'crate of grass' idea too, but the amounts of crates I'd need for up to 300 chickens would cover what grass I do have!!!   :lol:


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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2011, 13:45 »
I posted this before (been lurking since) but I might as well post it again (as I'm so proud of it!)

It is working out very well.






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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2011, 13:55 »
Hi 3ps - your run looks really strong & solid. Out of interest what have you used for the roof? It looks a bit like perspex but I have tried cutting that and it just splinters?
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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2011, 13:55 »
Lovely coop and run 3ps
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2011, 14:02 »
Hi,

Thanks for the nice comments.

The roof is made from polycarbonate. I got those big sheets in B&Q and cut them to size. You can cut it easily with a knife or jigsaw and it is a soft plastic so does not split or crack.

I have been using perspex for replacing panes in my greenhouse. You have to score a line many times and then snap, and it doesn't always work... or else place the perspex between two pieces of wood and cut, but quite fiddly.

Here is my build thread: http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=34957.0
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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2011, 17:27 »
Hi 3ps, I may try that as roofing material for the run extension I am trying to finish. I think the polycarbonate is about 1/2 a cm thick with a bit of 'give' in it when you press it (please excuse my non-technical terminology!)?

Thanks for the tip.

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2011, 21:28 »
The stuff I used is 1cm thick. It is basically long hollow rectangles.
You can get much thinner stuff aswell, about 3-4mm thick but I don't think it comes in such large sheets.

Those sheets have been up nearly 2 years now and there is no movement or damage to them whatsoever.

Because the plastic is soft you are supposed to use special fixings when you put the screw in but I didn't... I just used coach screws with large washers to spread the load, and didn't tighten them too much.

The other advantage is the size. I only used 4 sheets for the entire roof!

Best of luck with whatever you do.

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #37 on: April 08, 2011, 06:16 »
I've just cut perspex for my coldframe lid.  We used a circular saw - sounds brutal but it cut really well.  ( We have one turned upside down in a bench)

Love the coop my the way, it looks very 'grand designs'
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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2011, 21:11 »
This is the one I'd like my other half to build, this summer....Cant wait!
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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2011, 21:24 »
lovely new run extension you have there Ma  :D

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2011, 21:27 »
Chicken heaven some of these coop set ups.

Yours is lovely Ma!!!

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2011, 17:55 »
Well the new chickens are thriving, so been busy getting them new homes outside and out of the temporary accomodation in the pigsty and greenhouse.
The chocolate Orpingtons will have a run of their own so split the run into 2 and built them a house. Built it out of the totally wrong material, but with a little tweaking I think its going to be fine. Time will tell.
The others, various breeds, not sure what , but 3? favarolls and a light sussex amongst them, will be going into the other half of the run with the black Pekin Bantams.
At a later date the larger 2 or 3 of these will have the freedom of outside the run, but only when they have the advantage of some weight and height, because outside the run dwells the dreaded Tallulah.
Tallulah is a white Amberlinlk from Grannie Annie who grew up with Henry and Kellogs, two cockerels of unknown heritage. Tallulah is somewhat toughened by this upbringing and can give more than a  fair account of herself and is keen to exert her authority.
That being the case it would be unfair to let these youngsters into her territory whilst they are so young.
PS. I have built an automatic pop hole on the new house, I just have to pull the string outside the run and it automatically pops up !
By the way, there are some wonderful runs and coops on this thread ! Well done all!

Pictures of mine to follow............

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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2011, 14:38 »
Thought I'd give the marans a tree to perch on. :)







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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2011, 19:16 »
this is my stage one run, had to go for a semi perminent cheaper option.

Tree stakes and wire with netting over the top while they are small enough to get taken by a cat!


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Re: Post your Coop and Run set-ups here!!
« Reply #44 on: May 24, 2011, 12:35 »
A couple of pictures of our new run.  They were taken just over a month ago.  It does not look as tidy now but we are pleased they have left most of the turf alone (apart from their self made dust bath).   :D
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