Help me find a coop idea and or run (pictures as well please)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenmadnessainmind, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. chickenmadnessainmind

    chickenmadnessainmind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    Hi guys New to backyard chickens!

    I want to build something lightweight
    Easy to move to new piece of grass
    Needs to be able to hold eight large hens

    My idea for a run was to have two runs along side eachother 13ftx13ft roof covered in tin and side and back covered in tin the rest will have chicken wire covering it. But by doing a permanent run i will need to do two chicken house so any ideas are well wellcomed [​IMG]
    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
  2. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    Look in the coop section! "[​IMG]
  3. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Just like iheartchicks well as read right through the coop, construction will see tons...
    Lots of luck to u and have fun..I can't suggest..iam a learner myself
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Since no one is going to tell you ........ go to the top of this page, in the center. There is a link to the Coop Designs. You can also access it from the Index, which is in the blue bar just above.

    [​IMG] Sounds like you have a good plan in mind already!
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011
  5. chickenmadnessainmind

    chickenmadnessainmind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    Thank you ranchhand [​IMG] Just found it! got alot more ideas flooding in now might have been better if i didnt look [​IMG]
    I have Shipped eggs in the bator Hopefully all goes well [​IMG]
  6. cointoss

    cointoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Gaylordsville, CT
    I have a stationary coop, but am building my new run out of saplings, using basic wattle and arbor inspirations... I think that could work very well for a mobile day run, too, since saplings are lighter than 2x4s.
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Chicken wire isn't predator secure, though. Welded wire is safer to use.
  8. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

    Jun 29, 2010
    In the hills
    A coop large enough to house 8 large hens will be quite heavy. 8 hens will require 32 sqft of coop space, which is a 4x8 footprint. By the time you build it so that it is predator proof, it will be tough for one person to move. Those A-frame chicken tractors do NOT hold the number of hens they say they can. Maybe bantams. IMHO, build a larger coop than you need. When "chcken math" strikes, you'll be glad you did!
  9. joanna

    joanna Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    I am toying with the idea of building a real coop with a portable run that I could run off any side of the coop. I thought about making a coop/run that I could rotate, but didn't want to give up that much permanent space of my yard. You'd just have to make a door and latch system on whatever sides of the coop you wanted to have a run available so that a predator couldn't bump it out of place and have dinner.

    I have to agree with chicken wire not doing anything but keeping chickens will NOT keep predators out, even a cat.

    keep us updated with what you end up doing and post pics as it progresses
  10. chickenmadnessainmind

    chickenmadnessainmind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    I know what you mean about predators last year i had lovely la bresse (french white hens) I had a trio of them and had two cross of la bresse with a battery hen and la bresse cross black maran Sadly all died to a mink in one night he did not eat them did it for fun i suppose [​IMG]
    He got in through my chicken wire run!! So when i say chicken wire i mean the aviary wire ja get me?! I have buff orpington eggs in the bator at the moment there shipped!! i hate shipped eggs their never lucky for me. I got buff brahmas eggs before shipped non hatched as they were scrambled looks like these are the same! If this lot dont hatch i have a friend that has blue silkies that always go broody in spring i may have to get her and a few local orpington/brahma egss to make sure i get some bird!

    Any-who Can you guy maybe post pictures of your setup it may give me a better idea as what to do
    Thank you for all the info you guys are real helpful [​IMG]

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