Chicken run without coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rathkum100, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. rathkum100

    rathkum100 Hatching

    Aug 15, 2016
    I am planning to build a chicken run without a coop, roost or nest. This is for chicken meat, around 10 hens (7.5 S.F. each). The size will be 6'x12'x3' high. I will provide wood sticks for perching at 2' above ground across the run. I will close 3 sides (plywood) to protect from sun, rain, wind; the rest will be covered with chicken fence. Location Panhandle, Florida. Any issue/problem?
    Thank you for your advice.
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Welcome to BYC! Sounds fine to me, just be prepared to lose some to predators, because it isn't very safe for them to be out in the open at night especially. Hopefully you don't, though, and all goes well!
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Songster

    Use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire.
    The only thing chicken wire is good for is keeping chickens IN-- it does very little to deter predators.
    What are your main predators there?

    Put your chicken "run" in the shade and attach wheels (chicken tractor) so you can move the birds to fresh pasture daily.
    If you are doing CX's, they poop a LOT and OFTEN. They need to be kept dry and not laying in the watery poop they produce.

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