Would This Work For an Outdoor Enclosure?

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https://www.homedepot.com/p/Weather...Cover-Set-for-28-mm-Kennel-CL-00302/205958584

With the weather warming and my baby red foot turning a year old it’s time for me to get serious about an outdoor enclosure. Two problems exist though. I can’t build a thing and have zero desire to learn. I imagine sun could still come in through the sides, rain would be kept out, I could plant lots of ground cover, shade would be provided, it’s huge, and I’d reinforce the sides with cement blocks when he got bigger. Am I missing any red flags?
 

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What about when temps are cold and he gets bigger then just a year old?
At a year, he's really still young for living outside. He'd benefit from an hour or so outside each day but should still live mostly in a closed chamber for at least another year or so.
 

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Oh I should have specified. He’ll only be out from 4:30pm until 7:00 pm every evening when temps are over 75. Then brought in, soaked, and fed. He’ll never be out 24 hours until he’s 3-4 years old and never be out in temps under 70 degrees. @wellington im more looking for a sturdy outdoor chamber that requires no building, is safe, escape proof though my yard has a 6ft privacy fence, and will grow with him. Have you seen kennels used or know of some pros and cons? I like I can break it down and move it, add a roof, anchor it to the ground, and it has a door I can padlock. I don’t like it’s kinda ugly.
 

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I have seen a couple members using them. I don't see or can't think of any reason not too. Be sure to give a hide in it and a low sided water dish and plants to make him feel safe and it should work fine
 

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@wellington it will be planted with testudo mix, water bowl will be a large ceramic saucer dug in, planning on planting additional ground cover as well, with a minimum of three hides. Looking into perineal plants that offer good hiding spots and shade if you have any suggestions? Also, wondering if I’ll need a sprinkler system? It’s gets very hot and humid here but for the short time he’ll use it this year thinking hosing it down when he goes in will be adequate.
 

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I will use either a chain link top covered 1/3 with garden mesh, or buy some form of roof once I figure out the sun situation. Also considering a 1ft metal panel wall inside the perimeter to block vision but no worries whatever tops it will not allow animals in.
 

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For now I would spray it down good just before you put him in. When he gets older and spends the day outside then a sprinkler on a timer would work nice, going off a few times a day when it's really hot.
Hostas make a nice edible plant and hiding coverage.
 

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I'm also interested in the same thing... I have actually wasted about $300 over the course of the past year trying to build enclosure for my redfoots. Everything I have tried to build I have failed miserably at, I should have just spent money up front to buy something ready made. The poor things ate still in small indoor enclosures. Was trying to save money by diy- lesson learned too late!

I like the kennel you posted because it can be easily predator proofed... I also recently found this, which is something else to consider?

www.homedepot.com/p/Greenes-Fence-4-ft-x-8-ft-x-10-5-in-Dovetail-Cedar-Raised-Garden-Bed-RC6T21B/203477958
 

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Lot's of members use dog kennels for outdoor tortoise enclosures. They work best when you add 1x12 boards around the inside at the bottom so the tortoise can't see out.

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Oops! Thought it was cute!!!
 

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I have looked into the planters but want the room a kennel provides and think metal will last longer. Now to get my broken old shed out and a kennel in!
 
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