My husband went to the store and put posts in the ground. He added the wire and eventually the roof and side panel for sun, wind, snow and rain protection. It's right off our house. The coop is actually inside the garage. We did not follow any plans. He built it 22x5x5. 5x5 is what the welded wire comes in. He originally wanted a 4ft run for height, but the taller the better since it needs to be cleaned out daily unless you have a mobile coop.
We cover it in the winter. They have access all year round, which is very nice for space.
For 4 chicks the run should be 10 square feet per chicken is the standard, which is 40 square feet. If your building a run and not moving it, bury the wire in the ground 18 inches. Use wire stronger then chicken wire, so dogs and raccoons don't rip right through it. We added a skirt along the bottom, so cat and raccoon arms don't get inside.Edited by Nicole01 - 5/10/12 at 4:31am