One Family’s Chicken Experiment — Gone Awry

Lest you think keeping chickens is always fun and games, there is a high likelihood that you will grow tired of your little flock at some point.

In fact, this reader has reached the point, and it has come with some heavy personal losses for her. And while you can clearly see that it’s due to some choices she made (along with her family), you can also see a pretty easy way to resolve the issue.

I’m not going to tell you about the article, I’d rather you read the whole thing yourself. It’s very entertaining, and well written. Wendyl Nissen, writing for the New Zealand Herald, gives a very clear picture of the problem:

Double Decker Chicken Coop

Chicken Raising Problem

Now, what I do want to say is this …

The answer to the problem, as she alluded to at the end, was to put up a properly contained chicken coop. A well-built chicken house that has proper poultry wire in place – and that contains the chickens properly. So that they don’t invade your plants, your yard, your airspace, your garden … or even worse … your neighbors.

One option around this is the 6 – 10 chicken coop step-by-step plan here.

Talk soon,
Kelson

Size of Wire for Above Ground Chicken Run?

Question:
A reader wrote in and asked about their plans for building a wire run onto their chicken coop.  They didn’t want to let their chicks get on the ground, so they were wondering what size of wire they should use on the bottom, or floor, of the run?

Answer:
The size of the wire cloth on the bottom of your run depends, in large part, on the size of the chicks at the time that they would use it.  If the chicks are only a few days old when you begin to use the raised run, it’s better to cover the frame with one half inch wire cloth, and make it a fairly thick gauge.

If your birds are four weeks of age, or older, your wire flooring can be about three fourths, to 1 inch, in mesh size.

Just as a note, you’re raised outside wire run will generally have a floor space equal to one half, or more, of the floor space inside of your brooder house.

Kelson