Originally Posted by teach1rusl
Our secure run is 16ft. x 36 feet. We did 4 8ft. panels and a four ft. panel on the length. The 16 ft. of the roof/ceiling was not too difficult - we did it similarly to what you're planning (at least if I'm reading your plans/explanation correctly). We sunk posts 8 ft. across to span the 16 ft. Using 2x4s (2x3s would work if you have them available), I built 8 ft. wired frames that I simply screwed onto the posts. The same type of frames were mounted as the ceiling/roof.
There are pictures on my main coop page (the My Coop link below my avatar). Yours will be more intricate due to not being a simple rectangle, but very doable. You shouldn't need to sink the three posts touching your coop - you can just use 2x4s screwed to the coop as your post, and run a 2x4 horizontally between each of those pairs to connect your frames to. Our run is connected to one of our outbuildings similarly. For simplicity's sake, I might square up that one side rather than angle it...
Thanks! I checked out your link and your run is very similar to what I have pictured in my mind. I love the landscape timbers in the center of the run, much more pleasing to the eyes, I'll be stealing that idea. The three posts on the run that are touching the coop will actually be the coop. I'm going to build it pole barn style, this baby ain't movin'
I noticed you ended up putting a roof on the run, how did that go?
My largest top panel will be 10x8, maybe I should add a cross brace and make two 5x8s. I need to leave the angle to maximize the land that I had leveled. I live on a hill and recently had dirt work done to make this flat spot. Here is the area past the predator proof run.
Edited by Happy Dad - 7/19/12 at 4:44am