Garm's Chicken Coop
My scribbled "plan" for our coop
Written on binder paper, this is all I used to go buy wood and build the coop. Note that the chickens' door got moved to the left front.
The Run (pen) that goes with our coop
After a savage coyote attack and acquiring new bantam hens, I decided to reinforce the run and cover it with netting. I used treated wood dowel stakes. I dug a hole about 18" deep and packed the dirt around each stake; no concrete was used (although I bought some in case I needed it). The green wire fencing (except for one section at the end), is poly coated green 2" x 2", which you see right through when looking from the house - that helps preserve the illusion of a larger yard.
The stakes around the perimeter stand about 6 1/2' tall. There are two taller (over 8') stakes in the center of the run. I draped "BirdBlock" plastic netting over the whole thing (came in a 28' x 28' sheet), stapled it and wired it to the perimeter of the run, giving sort of a "tent" effect. The netting is so "invisible" I couldn't even get a decent picture of it (see closeup below). Neat!
Note how the run "zig zags" around our grapefruit tree!
The netting used over the top.
The bag the netting came in - purchased at Home Depot.