Can you get into your run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gapeach717, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    North, ga
    Really stressing the run part of the build coming up next and while I plan on getting that part done next week, I am stressed about how to be able to get into the run, or is it really necessary at all? Can you get into your run?
  2. megoony

    megoony Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2012
    It may make it difficult to get your chickens out, or clean out the run if you have no access to it (unless your chickens are very well trained)
  3. RaeRae2

    RaeRae2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2011
    We are building ours now and the run portion is about 20' x 27' and it is 6' high so myself and my husband can both walk around inside of it comfortably. I wanted a run that I can walk around in freely. You need to be able to catch chickens and retrieve them, plus you need to be able to clean and fill feed and water comfortably, I think.
  4. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    North, ga
    I don't have nearly that much room. More like 12x 10. I am just trying to figure out the easiest way to install a door for me. A carpenter, I have come to realize this month, I am NOT!!!! :rolleyes:
  5. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    Don't worry. I am pretty handy with things but the doors were the hardest part. You could try to buy a premade door or try a gate kit. Show some pics. Maybe we can help with a visual. Good luck.
  6. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    North, ga
    Thanks!! I am just feeling nervous bc the coop part has been so hard for us, winging it building the first thing ever! Ha!! I will post some ideas when I get going!
  7. JiJis hens

    JiJis hens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2012
    I have an opening on both ends. If not my boy is still small enough to get in [​IMG]
  8. TonySorrento

    TonySorrento Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    South Wales, New York
    I wouldn't even think about not being able to get in the run and/or coop ....

    Doors are easier than you think ... what kind of door would you like? A screened door? solid?
  9. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2011
    New haven, IN
    My first run I would have to crawl if I wanted to get into it. It lasted 5 months before I tore it down and went with a dog kennel with a built in door.
    never again will I make a short run without a door or gate.
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I love that I can get into my run. I would suggest it if you can swing it. You can get in for feeding, watering, or getting ahold of a chicken if you want to. My first run was only 4' high, and attached to the corner of the coop by nails. I'd have to unhook it and stoop or crawl in to do what needed to be done. I think you'll appreciate being able to walk around in there. Here are a couple of pictures of my run so you can get an idea of what it looks like. My run is 12'x16', and is 6' high.


    Last edited: Apr 3, 2012

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