Regardless of what type of pet you have, the basic construction of a safe, secure run is the same. You can make a secure, sturdy pet run using wire mesh even if you are a complete DIY beginner. Following a few simple steps you will have a spacious, secure outdoor area for your pets quickly and with relative ease.
Decide on the Size of the Pet Run
Firstly, you need to decide how long, wide, and tall your pet run needs to be. Dogs and cats need taller runs with plenty of space to run around and stretch up, while cats also ideally require climbing room. Rabbits and chickens can comfortably manage in a shorter run, as long as it gives them space to stand up fully, but they still need plenty of floor area. Determining the size of your pet run enables you to assess how much mesh you need, how many posts you require, as well as how many fixings. Take into consideration the length and width of wire mesh you need for the roof too, and add at least an extra 5 cm to the height of the run to account for digging the bottom of the run under the surface to prevent your pets or predators from digging their way underneath.
Gather Your Tools and Supplies
Consider what type of mesh you need, from large-hole chicken wire to fine wire mesh, and then purchase a little more than you require to allow for errors, patching, and repairs. Large-hole chicken wire is safe for some pets, but if you have concerns about vermin getting access to your pets, opt for fine wire mesh. You require a claw hammer for securing the staples and a club hammer for banging in the posts. Choose cable ties or flexible wire for securing mesh panels together, and strong, heavy-duty staples for securing the wire to the posts.
Construct the Wire Mesh Run
Lay out your timber and hammer the posts into the ground. Position your wire mesh, remembering to leave an overhang of at least 5 cm at the bottom, and secure the mesh to each post. Use at least three staples, one at the top, middle, and bottom on each post for security. Once all the mesh is in place, use flexible wire or cable ties to bind any mesh panels together. Then, use a spade to dig a trench at the base of the enclosure, dig the overhanging wire into the trench and recover. Add the roof, if you need one, attaching it to the sides with cable ties. If the roof sags too low, attach support beams beneath the mesh then replace the roof.