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January 2009

vicinity. However, the answer is very simple - turn them upside down, that way there is no gap for a fox to get underneath them. It makes them much sturdier as well.

When formed onto a rectangle, and each panel is correctly fastened to each other, they make a very robust and easily transported enclosure that is just perfect for a chicken run. You can even buy the door / gates, especially made for such enclosures - making access very easy indeed.

I like to make mine fox proof a little further by laying a 3 feet wide roll
of chicken wire mesh on the ground before erecting the panels onto it. That way Reynard cannot dog under it!!

New panels can be purchased from the manufacturers but the easiest way to get hold of them is to just ask the site manager at any large building site. Chances are that he will have some that he needs to get rid of anyway - and will probably welcome you with open arms as it saves him sending them for disposal.

By their very nature, these panels often become bent or twisted on a
building site, where they are almost inevitably become damaged. No matter - the chances are that the damaged ones will be taken away to the dump and discarded - making them very cheap - or even free of charge. They can often be 'straightened out' by laying them flat on the ground and 'jumping on them' - or even driving a truck over them!!

If they can be straightened then so much the better but if not, just cut
the wire mesh from the damaged frames and sandwich it between a couple of lengths of timber - one and a half inches by one inch works fine, and hey presto, you've made your own frame!!

Try it - you will be impressed.
Regards, Terry Wagg, Anglesey, North Wales.

hen house coop plans
How To Make A Poultry House and Run

Traditional Poultry Ark and Run design.


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