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dye29

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chicken advise
« on: April 16, 2017, 22:27 »
hi all im a newby to keepig chickens so im gathering info before i get some , i have just got myself a allotment and going to keep chickens there is a hell of alot of space so im fencing it off for them is 6ft ok to keep them in and what do you guys put down to keep the hut clean from bugs ect


ghost61

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Re: chicken advise
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 06:59 »
Your hens will need a house to sleep in as well as a run.  Count on at least one metre by one metre for each hen for the run, more being even better.  You will need to fox proof your run, and don't think that chicken wire will be sufficient - too many foxes (and vandals ) have got through that at our allotment.  Thick gauge wire is needed and either buried around the run, or surround the run with slabs to deter foxes digging in.  Use wood shavings for the run, and cover it to stop it getting muddy, and to provide shade and shelter. Read as much as you can before buying your hens, they are a big commitment and if you don't live near your allotment, are you happy to go down early morning to let them out and each evening to lock them up?  Every day, come rain and shine. 

There's lots of advice on this site as well as others.  I'm sure other contributors will give more info, hope you don't get put off!

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Re: chicken advise
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 08:33 »
Hi and welcome to the forum  :)

There certainly is a lot of info available on the main site.  Some here to get you going  :)

http://www.chickens.allotment-garden.org/keeping-chickens/keeping-chickens-allotment-poultry-plot/

http://www.chickens.allotment-garden.org/keeping-chickens/chicken-poultry-housing/

This forum thread might be useful as well - lots of ideas for set-ups

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=73179.0


dye29

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Re: chicken advise
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 08:35 »
thanks for your replys guys ill tell you where im at so far , my allottment is 5mins from my house and the whole area is fenced off 8ft high to keep idiots out , my patch for chickens im using a shed for the hut then hopefully fence around with 6ft post and 6ft chicken wire

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Re: chicken advise
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 08:50 »
I would reiterate what ghost61 said in that chicken wire will not deter a fox, weld mesh is best. Do not under estimate the ability of a fox to find a way in. If the 8' outer boundary is fox proof, the height would usually be considered enough to keep a fox out, providing there is nothing that a fox could launch itself from! They do not consider how they will get out!! your 6' fence may keep your chooks in depending on their ability to fly and their determination to explore. You may need to clip one wing. Once you have sorted out all the details  and knowledge required chooks are great fun and easy to look after. Enjoy   :)
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted!!

ghost61

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Re: chicken advise
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 16:08 »
Agree Sassy, although I would put a cover on the run or wire at least as we have witnessed a local fox jump our 2m wall and walk across the top of the chicken run and then bounce off down the street clearing the wall again.  Our allotment is fenced off too, but kids and unwanted adults still get in, usually through someone leaving the gate open or unlocked.

We've had two people lose their chickens to foxes and one had the chicken wire cut and their hens let loose - fortunately the fox was elsewhere at the time!

Overprotection is highly recommended.  The sight of dead chickens is not pleasant and can be avoided by taking just the little extra care.

Mr R Design

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Re: chicken advise
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 06:46 »
Read up lots first.

The hard part is spending the time getting things ready and avoiding succumbing to rushing out and getting the chickens.

What ever you do fencing-wise it needs to go underground as well to stop them digging underneath.


 


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