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How many guineas? Chickens? Dimensions of coop & run?
Great idea, I've thought of doing similar with a dog kennel. Good idea to cover the run too.
The outer run is 8’x8’, and the coop is ~4’x5’. I have two guineas and three chickens. We don’t have a fenced yard, and there are lots of predators around, because we backup to a nature preserve. I’d really like to let them free range a bit when I’m outside with them because the run is so small, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get them in back in the run when I need to go back in the house.
Is it within your budget to maybe add on to the "run"? You could also train them to come ... Get a plastic container, put some freeze dried mealworms or seeds that they LOVE, shake & feed in the run area. When you're comfortable that they respond to the shaking, you could try letting them out for a bit, enter the run & shake. Problem is if they become so entrenched with being "free" & grubbing, the shaking may fall to deaf ears. Thinking adding to the "run" is the safest.