Sunday, December 29, 2013

Chicken Tunnel Experiment Is A Success!

An update on Chicken Sitting:

Once we had our coop in order we needed to provide the chickens with access to the outdoors. We decided to fence-off a portion of our existing garden (it being already fenced) as a run and then install a tunnel made of arched fencing to allow the chickens to safely navigate the 40 feet from the coop to the garden run. Here's what we did:

Cut a hole in the side of the coop:


Made a vertically-sliding door to allow chickens to leave the coop and enter the tunnel:



Installed a short ramp from the coop opening to the ground, inside the tunnel:



Installed a chicken wire transition from the tunnel to the coop:


Here you  can see the tunnel leading to the garden (fence in background) where the run has been integrated:


Now we had to convince the chickens that the tunnel was something to get excited about! We tried scattering treats along the run: that didn't work. We tried gently pushing the hens into the tunnel: that didn't work. Finally we decided to push the rooster into the tunnel: bingo! Once he was in there and comfortable the rest of them took to it quickly. See:



Here you can see the chickens getting close to finding the run (center right)



Check out this video for fascinating chicken behavior!






4 comments:

  1. Soo cool! Bet the chickens were quite pleased:)

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  2. Very clever. Hope to see more videos as well.

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  3. Love your cover photo with the Cedar Waxwing.

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