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Need some advice with building a run for my coop

post #1 of 4
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I'm about 80% finished building a coop (link below) for my 7 barred rock pullets that are approximately 3 weeks old.  The coop is located on our land that is wide open, so I want to build them a run that is large enough for them to protect them from predators.  I was planning on doing a 12' x 24' run that is about 4' high, but I'm not sure that's the right approach.  Is this too big for what they need?  I want to let them out of the run whenever possible, but they will probably be in the run most of the time since we have dogs running all over the place as well as hawks.  What are some suggestions for an appropriately sized run for my chicks?

 

http://www.barngeek.com/free-chicken-coop-plans.html 

post #2 of 4

Is that your new coop?  Sixteen sq. ft. will house four birds max, not seven.  Hope you made it much bigger!  Unless you are VERY short, build the run taller, so you can walk around in it.  Seven or eight feet tall and covered with at least netting or chicken wire to keep hawks out.  Pictures will help here, maybe I'm not understanding what your plan is.  Mary

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The coop is 6.5 x 4.5 feet, so more than sufficient for 7 chickens according to what I have been told.
post #4 of 4

Much better than 4 x 4 ft!  Mary

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