I have just finished the basic 8x8 shed-soon-to-be-coop my 16 ladies will be living in soon. It's really slick and I'm pretty proud of myself. I put in the people door today and my framing was spot-on! Now is the part I am unsure of - the chickenizing of the structure. Question # one is where should I plan to have the chicken door and enclosed run that it leads too? The coop is beside some 20' pine trees (coop south of pine trees) and we have plenty of grass area (soon to be dirt apparently) for the run. I am planning on attaching 6' tall hardware cloth to 4x4 posts but have no idea how big to make the run and how to utilize sun/shade.
Should I have the run come off the south side so they will get winter sun and cover part of the run with landscape fabric to give them shade in the summer? Or would it be best to have the run partially in the shade (under trees, behind coop on north side)?
I'm guessing that I should also include a people entrance! I have this idea that I could add some temporary fencing at certain times of the year to the permanant runs people door to give the chooks a semi-free range experience (?)
Thank you for any opinions or ideas regarding this rambling thread...