Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Home for the Chickens

Our chickens now have a nice spacious new portable chicken coop in the great outdoors! They were cooped up in the cardboard box for too long while we were making time to work on a safe pen for them.

We started our project with two discount store trampoline frames. We took the two top rails and one set of legs to create the outside structure.
Next we took 2-ft. tall chicken wire, 50-feet of wire in all, and encircled the outside of the frame. Each section between the legs is secured with wire.
Once the wire was attached we were able to release the chickens so they could experience their new environment.
We now had to stand guard to keep the cats out and the dogs from digging under the pen.
The top is made up of a trampoline mat with extra fabric added to the sides that cover the springs. This was necessary to keep the cats from crawling between the springs to reach the chicks.
This flap is held in place with rings and thin straps tied to the bottom of the frame.
Now the chickens will have many happy days playing outside while staying safe from the dogs and cats.
Hally, short for Halloween, is very interested in the chicks.
Hopefully he wont find an area we overlooked.

2 comments:

Posh And Trendy said...

Wow!! I'm impressed!!!

Helen Ruth said...

Patty,

How ingenious!! It looks like one big movie theatre for your animals. I see them all sitting around, WATCHING (and licking their lips?)

Are they watching the show, Chicken Little? Or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

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