Bits And Pieces Coop And Run

  1. molschickies
    I used BYC a lot for ideas for the coop and run, but unfortunately I didn't have the foresight to cite anyone. Apparently foresight is not my strong suit, because I neglected to take progress photos while building my coop and run as well.

    I started off with a coop from craigslist and soon realized that it needed alteration, specifically enlarging. So, I raised the roof about 18" and converted it into a green roof with succulents on top, built an external egg box and primed and painted. Again, I was inspired by photos and ideas that I saw on here - such a terrific resource!

    The next step was to build the run. I framed each of the four walls, sealing and attaching the hardware cloth (leaving 18" for a skirt at the bottom) while still flat on the ground. After all of the walls were finished, my husband and I attached them to each other atop the foundation made of cement pavers. Next step: the roof. I just used 2x4's and clear corrugated roofing sheets. I worked myself up trying to come up with the best method for cutting the sheets, as they only seem to come in 8' and 12' lengths (I needed 10') - no need, folks, just use scissors!

    After reading various opinions, I decided on a hardware cloth skirt around the perimeter, rather than burying it. I put heavy pavers on top of the skirt and covered it all with wood chips.

    I used soup and coffee cans (with drilled drainage holes) that I planted with chicken "treats" and nailed them to the outside corner, so that we can snip a few greens as we visit the hens.

    I was inspired by a run I saw BYC that provided a box inside the run planted with clover and covered with hardware cloth; I had an existing planter along the back of the run that I divided into three sections: sandbox for "baths" in one, scratching dirt in the other, and a section with lawn covered with a frame I made using hardware cloth - the idea being that the chickens can eat the grass poking through without scratching and tearing up the roots, so it will last a bit longer.

    Anyway, we'll see how this whole chicken raising thing goes!

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  1. molschickies
    Thanks, Webster4 - On the right side of the run post is where I've attached the coffee and soup cans that I planted with the greens for the chickens, the idea being that we snip a few leaves off for the ladies as we enter the run - it's nice to have them right there, and the chickens love it!
  2. Webster4
    It really looks great. We are in the process of building our coop now. What is going up the right side of the Run post? I want to see if we can work in the 3 beds I love that idea. Thanks for sharing
  3. applefalls
    This is lovely. Great job!
  4. OnTheWing
    Very cute coop!
  5. goose chick
    Great job I love it!!
  6. Coastal-Chick
    Oh! Now I see the chickens. Cute!
  7. molschickies
    Thanks, you guys! I took this photo before I added the frame to cover the lawn (that's now starting to grow) in the middle section of the planter inside the run. It's super cute to watch those chicks stand over it and try to grab a blade or two of grass through the screen!) - I wish I could remember exactly whose run that I got that idea from, but when I find it I'll post it here - it's worth checking out :)
  8. Bogtown Chick
    What a lovely part of your landscaping. Adding a coop. I agree beautiful colors.
  9. real_redhead
    Really cute!!!
  10. Coastal-Chick
    I absolutely LOVE this! What an amazing and thoughtful design! The coffee cans with treats… I mean, come on. I love the color scheme, and how it blends with the grass and tree in the foreground. Great job! Have you gotten the lucky chickens?

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