Adding a run to existing coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eatsleephunt44, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. eatsleephunt44

    eatsleephunt44 New Egg

    Mar 24, 2015
    Hello all, I currently have 4 birds about a week old, I bought a coop from craigslist in wonderful condition, and I also have the extension for this coop as well. I would really like to build an additional run for this coop because it seems this coop may be too small to house my birds full time. Has anyone out there built a run for this coop? Or anyone maybe have a good idea on how to add one? Thank!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Maybe you could build a run attachment and butt it up against the current run area - same height, same type of fencing- make a pop hole between the two runs and the chickens can come and go through as they please. I would also put a cover on the addition, so no critters drop in for a visit. I have no carpentry skills, so I hope what I suggest is feasible.
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us. And congrats on your new flock.

    IMO the coop you have is way too small for 4 full size, full grown chickens and you do need to increase the size or build a new coop.

    The Precision pet garden coop is 6.5' x 2.75' total house and run size. Right now I have one chicken in sick bay - a 2' x4' dog crate and there is room only for a water fount and the chicken in there. I have quoted books that estimate the size of a full grown hen as the size of a 5 gallon bucket, but after seeing my BO next to one, I realize she actually occupies the space of 2 five gallon buckets side by side. Your water fount and feeder will occupy the space of 2 full grown chickens.

    Personally, I would look at turning the entire thing into a coop and building a covered run around and over it. Or use this as a temporary home until you can just build a larger permanent home with run.

    You can try posting your question on the coop/run forums and get more input.
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Good luck with your coop and run. Hope you enjoy BYC, everyone here to help and very friendly :frow
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    The other members have given you good answers. Good luck!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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