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Our covered chicken run is about done!

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Well after getting 32 new chicks March 7th we knew our little fenced in area wasn't gonna work and we had critters get our chickens last year!
So I started to plan out a new run and wanted it covered.
But the shock of what the materials were gonna cost came in to play and was way more then we could afford.
Then we were lucky to get used metal and 2x8's free from a boat dock demo and used as much recycled stuff as possible.
What started out to be a quick project turned in to 5 weeks work, ah, so far? roll

For some strange reason everyone keeps reminding me I have chickens? when they look at my run they say "Bob there just chickens" ?

Anyway this is where it all started, the run will be 10 X 32 or 320 square feet.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2716.jpg

Covering the roof, the metal was mixed colors and took two coats of paint to match the other barn.
I didnt know the ground was so out of level so we got a load of fill, another expense we didnt count on.
The blue barn will be tore down soon the bottom is rotted off all the way around and the roof is falling threw, lumber for a new coop!

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2739.jpg

5 ft 2x4 welded wire covers the sides, buried wire around the whole run to keep out the digging vermin that got our last birds!

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2770.jpg

Almost done!

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2765.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2766.jpg

I cut the longer scrap metal to make trim and bent it with hand tools.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2772.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b376/BobMKIII/100_2771.jpg

Even though we went way over our budget were pretty happy with the covered run and I dont think we have to worry about vermin getting our chickens this year.
Now that the run is about done were planning to build a coop with outside nest access for easy egg gathering.

Why dont we just buy eggs? lau

Bob

Living back in the woods in Indiana .
5 Buff Orps, 7 light Brahamas, 5 Partridge rocks, 5 White rocks, 2 Barred rocks, 5 Black Australorps, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 goats and a dog.
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Living back in the woods in Indiana .
5 Buff Orps, 7 light Brahamas, 5 Partridge rocks, 5 White rocks, 2 Barred rocks, 5 Black Australorps, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 goats and a dog.
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post #2 of 54

woot It looks great! I wish I had a run/ coop like yours. But for only 4 chicks that would be a bit to much smile.


Edited by San - 4/23/10 at 9:06am
My home is where my heart is.......

Please forgive me for any spelling mistakes, Dutch is my native language.
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My home is where my heart is.......

Please forgive me for any spelling mistakes, Dutch is my native language.
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post #3 of 54

Me too!!!!....I do not have enough room..sad

post #4 of 54

Very nice!  And it looks good, too!

post #5 of 54

That is beautiful. I can't imagine that you will ever regret doing such an excellent job.

post #6 of 54

Wow thumbsup   it's beautiful!  Excellent job!

post #7 of 54

Looks awesome!!  I wish I could have one too!  My addiction has allowed me to increase my flock size from 6 last year to 13 this year plus 22 in the incubator hopefully hatching tomorrow!!

I love that you reuse materials.  I have tried to do that too.  I have shopped at our Habitat for Humanity restore to find materials when I need something.  Looking forward to pictures of the nesting boxes, etc.

post #8 of 54

Bob, they're JUST chickens!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Seriously, that's a beautiful run and done with recycled materials too. Just terrific!

Retired barber. At home in the San Juan Islands of WA state with DH, Arnie the pug, and 6 Light Brahma, 1 RIR, & 1 SLW pullets for eggcitement.
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Retired barber. At home in the San Juan Islands of WA state with DH, Arnie the pug, and 6 Light Brahma, 1 RIR, & 1 SLW pullets for eggcitement.
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post #9 of 54

Beautiful job!! Nice and Secure!

I don't raise chickens to save money... The way I figure it the first egg is going to cost me about $1057.  I am REALLY trying not to think about it...
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I don't raise chickens to save money... The way I figure it the first egg is going to cost me about $1057.  I am REALLY trying not to think about it...
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post #10 of 54

WOW! Covered run? More like open air barn. That thing is amazing and looks bomb-proof.

Great work!

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