I really wish I could let my chickens free range, but, for their safety (mostly due to worries about predators, such as dogs, and neighbors who don’t want them wandering into their yard), I have to keep them in pens.
I’ve been looking at a number of different options, and, until I can afford fencing, I decided to try a light, portable chicken tent.
The one I ended up purchasing, for $48.45, is the Rural 365 Portable Chicken Run, Large Pop-Up Chicken Pen.
Below is a short video I put together not long after it arrived in the mail.
As mentioned in the video, it’s super easy to set up.
Just take it out of the package and it pretty much starts to unfold itself and pop up. It has zippers on both sides on the top, which makes it easy to put the chickens in and take them out.
After that, it was ready in seconds.
What I didn’t mention in the video is that there are metal hooks that come for each corner and for the middle so that you can stake the tent down into place. I highly recommend doing so, as the tent is very light and probably wouldn’t take much of a wind gust to blow it off of the chickens.
I like that it’s so easy to move around, so that the chickens can visit different parts of the yard. But, as I mention in the video, I wouldn’t leave them alone in it for long as it loose dog could pretty easily knock it over or rip into it in a matter of seconds.
Overall, I’m happy with the product. It’s pretty much what I was looking for. It’s about the size I expected it to be, although I wouldn’t mind if it were a bit larger so the chickens could cover more ground. The actual size is: 36 by 73 inch (91.4 by 185.4 cm).
As a sidenote: I also have to mention that I told my mom about it and she coined it the “chicken peck and play,” which I thought was hilarious!
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