If you don’t have room and your chickens are being co-oped in a small coop or even if you need some help in gardening, we’re suggesting an unconventional solution.
A chicken tunnel! It’s very easy to do, your chickens will have extra space to run around, you can move it around your yard, and in the garden you’ll have an extra helping hand that’s always welcome.
- Fencing stakes
- Galvanized hardware cloth
- U-shaped metal or wire supports (optional)
- Metal or wooden panel (optional)
- Wire cutter
Map your chicken tunnel route when taking into account your backyard requirements. The best way to do that is to let it run along the fence, from the coop.
Use the hard wire, and bend it so it’s going to make more than half a circle. Then position your hardware using the fencing stakes along the specified route to secure it to the ground for long-term use.
Attach it to the opening of your coop so that your chickens can have access to the tunnel. Make sure that when you put it next to the chicken coop, it’s bigger than the door.
You can install a metal or wooden panel at the tunnel entrance, if you like, which will slide up and down. That will allow you to monitor the tunnel access.
One end of the tunnel should remain open, and the other end should be sealed to keep the chickens from running away.
- Your chickens can run around without making a mess of your yard or your garden.
- Chickens make wonderful garden keepers as they eat weeds and pesky bugs.
- The chickens can dig and peck to prepare the soil for planting seeds.
- They fertilize the soil.
- You don’t have to supervise them or worry about predators.
- You can move it around your yard depending on your needs.
- The chickens are really cute, especially when they run around in the tunnel.