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    Default plan B...

    Hmmm...thought I was doing good with the free ranging plan ...but.....

    A couple of days ago the neighbours terrier spotted our chooks - and chased them
    They all got away- flying about 150 feet ( thank goodness we didn't clip their wings!)
    So...yesterday morning the dog returned to see if they were still there. I managed to chase him off ...but....

    Now I'm not happy to leave them to roam- and the dog, once chasing ,was oblivious to me hopping around ( broken foot) and chucking stuff at it.

    We've decided to build a run in the New Year - BUT...another neighbour has said the foxes bring their cubs up to the houses in the Spring.
    So...plan B ?????
    I'm thinking a permanent fox proof run with a cover from the rain/sun for the day.(We can use the side of the pigsty for one of the walls).
    They'll be safe at night because they'll be in a stone building.

    but....what about grazing.....I suspect the grass in the pen won't last long...do you think a temporary one as well would be a good idea which we can move around?

    We had actually considered making a run anyway cos they've been eating our lettuce, and when the strawberries etc arrive we'd need to keep them off!

    So plan B ....what would you do????

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    Had actually thought of building a climbing frame they could fly up too....but they may not consider landing there if they're in a panic!

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    Definitely a secure run for them. Whether or not it's movable is up to you really, but the bigger the better. They don't HAVE to have grass, though it's nice to have some. All mine have completely destroyed the grassy area I gave them, so in the spring, when there's turf for sale and well reduced 'cos it's been in stock too long, I'll be getting some to put in the run - not that it'll last long
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    How does your neighbours dog get in?

    I wouldn't trust our neighbour's 2 jack russels near our chickens. They don't even let their grandchildren visit as scared of the dogs (sad I think). They did get out one day and were digging and jumping to try and get my chooks who were so spooked they didn't lay tthe enxt day!
    Neighbour has since made another gate his side of the fence so they can't get out, kind of a double barrier in case one is left open.

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    Ooh that's a great idea Maurren! Mine have got 25 square feet and the grass only lasted 3 weeks! So cheap turf is fab, I will make a note of that!

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    Nicos you can give them other things to scrap about in, someone once suggested to me a bale of straw - just put it in and they amuse themselves for weeks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeyo View Post
    Ooh that's a great idea Maurren! Mine have got 25 square feet and the grass only lasted 3 weeks! So cheap turf is fab, I will make a note of that!

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    electric fence? Moveable too

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