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Questions for mobile run - 10x12

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Hi there,


I'd like to build a mobile run for 12 hens. I've done a bit of reading online, and I think I've decided on a 10x12 run which seems to agree with the rule of thumb I've read: 10 square feet per hen.

 

What I'm not so sure about is the height. I need to keep weight of the run in mind because I plan on making it mobile. I will place 2 15" tires at about mid-point, and use an idea someone posted to create a retractable wheel lift here:  http://www.avianaquamiser.com/posts/Revised_chicken_tractor_wheel_lift/

 

I'm trying to decide on the height of the run. Since I'd like it to be mobile, weight is a factor. I'm thinking of using 2x4 lumber, 24" on center. Originally, I thought of making it 5 feet high, so I could get inside the run easily if I wanted to. But once I realized how heavy all that lumber would be, I started reconsidering the height and now I'm wondering if 4 feet, or even 3 feet would be better.

 

So, before I begin construction, I have a few questions, and I'd appreciate feedback on any of these:

 

1) What height would you suggest for a mobile run?

 

2) Is the 24" on center framing overkill? Could I get by with 30" or even 36" on center, or would I risk warping?

 

3) Does anyone have some pictures, or links for retractable wheels? I found this one, and I think it will work, even for my dimensions: 

 

4) Any favorite links or pictures  you've come across for a nice run?

 

Thank you!

Tom

post #2 of 2

Hi, Tom.  First of all welcome!  Have you looked as some of the "hoop" style coops as an option?

 

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What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it's All About

 

 

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