I've been reading as many posts here as I can about this topic, and I'm trying not to duplicate questions already asked, but if you could have any kind of run (your dream run!), how would it be built? Hardware cloth seems to win as far as what to use for the fencing. Burying it also seems to be what most do. As a newbie chicken owner, I don't know how to build fence, but I definitely have to redo what my DH did for our current run. He put steel posts in the corners only (about 10 ft apart), then tied the hardware cloth (buried only about 2 inches) to the posts with steel fence ties. The cloth is only 3 ft tall, so the top of the wire is wobbly and insecure. Anything could get in at this point. Also, I want to make the run bigger. How big should it be for 14+ chickens? How tall? (I want to make it as big as I can in case I decide to get more chickens later.)
So, a couple questions. First of all, do I need to stick more steel posts in the ground, or would it be better to go all out and bury/cement in wooden posts? As it is, there's only about an extra 18 inches left of the steel posts to increase the height of the run. I would like for them to be able to jump around and "be free". I also want to add a gate so that we can get inside the run with them. As it is, we can't now.
My DH is a building contractor, so I have access to most of the materials I need without having to buy anymore. I do like the idea of using a soccer net as the roof. Can anyone post pics of there "bigger" runs? I'd love some ideas on how to improve mine.
Edited by kressg23 - 7/3/08 at 7:49am