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
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.