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paddock shifting question?

 
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Location: Chester County, PA
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I'm hoping to put about 10-12 layers out in a pastured mobile shelter with a moveable paddock (electronet fencing) to keep the birds on grass and minimize dealing with manure. I like the idea of shifting it every two weeks or so as it would require minimal work. I was thinking of a shelter like Harvey Ussery's: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Building+a+Pasture+Shelter.html

My understanding is that the fencing will help keep all the ground predators out but might not do too well keeping arial predators out. I figure the shelter and maybe keeping one rooster will help with the hawk issue, but I'm also concerned about them flying over the netting and getting out. I have a dog that would respect the net, but will probably eat a bird if it came into its area. I could clip the primary feathers on one wing, but I feel like they'd then be unable to defend themselves/run for cover if a hawk came to visit. I'd like to pasture/paddock shift them, but between the dog and the hawks, I feel like the surest way to not loose one is to build a completely enclosed run and manage manure with a deep liter bed. If I wanted it to be moveable it would probably need to be small and therefore require more work, shifting it more often. I am looking for minimal work and ideally no manure management in my setup.

If any one has any thoughts or ideas for me, I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks in advance!
 
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Location: Louisburg, NC Zone 7b avg. 50" precip.
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I'm building a mobile coop now to use this same day range style method. I really like the A-frame design in your post. It looks simple to build, rugged, lightweight, and eggcessable. For that amount of chickens that setup will do great. As for predators, you must stay vigilant. Every place has different predator pressure, so take note.
 
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