So I'm needing to make a run for the 3 chickens I'm going to get... It's this weekend's project... I just don't really know how to do it... They hubby is not THE most crafty type, but he'll be there to help. Here's what I'm thinking. Also, it's important that the run look clean-cut and decent, as otherwise the homeowner (my FIL) will throw a fit. I was going to use 4x4 treated wood to make a border for the run, and fill it partially with sand. Then the frame and whatnot will sit inside the "sandbox". I figure this will help secure the bottom from predators too (not that we have any downtown) My question is, How do i built the sort of "frame" which the chickenwire will be attached to? What sort of wood? How much should we buy to build a 3x8 run (these are bantam's we're talkin')? Do you just sort of build the frame and then staple the chickenwire/hardware cloth to it? How do I make it easily cleanable? How often will the sandbox need to be cleaned? How much vertical height is needed? What is the best way to adapt a doghouse or other simple box type structure to be easily cleaned? I like the idea of some kind of tray....? or hinged roof? Sorry for all the questions, just tryin' to do it right! Any other ideas welcome. I want this to be as little of an eyesore as possible.