First time chicken coop/run builder


In the Brooder
Jun 10, 2020
We are building our first coop and enclosed run for 5 chickens, thats if one of them isn‘t a rooster. We have a 4x4 coop with it open underneath so that‘s 4 feet of run. Then we are trying to figure out if a 4-5 foot covered run would be enough For the 5 chickens? I would love any advice. Here is a picture of our coop in the works. Also, any advice on ground in the run? We currently have cleared dirt that has little roots and worms throughout. Should I cover with clean soil and sand? What about adding in food grade diatomaceous earth ? We have cream leghorns, Silver laced Wyandotte’s, and Asian. Thank you!


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Chicken Juggler!
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9 Years
Nov 27, 2012
SW Michigan
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What about adding in food grade diatomaceous earth ?
Don't bother.

Also, any advice on ground in the run?
Wood chippings are my fav.

Might depend on how you plan on 'cleaning' and ......
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Scarborough Fair
6 Years
Jul 3, 2016
WA, Pac NW
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If you have room I'd go 10x10 for the run (you can stick the coop right inside it too) because even though you only have 4 or 5 birds, the minimal 10 sq ft per really doesn't feel like much when the overall space is that small.

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