Here is what my coop and run look like.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 70monte, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2009
    Aurora, MO
    Here are some pictures of my dog kennel run with my 4'x8' coop inside of it. Here are also a few pictures of the residents. I currently only have six RIR's, one rooster and five hens.

    Last edited: Oct 16, 2010
  2. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    [​IMG] Wow! Nice set up and beautiful birds! They certainly look very happy in their digs. My only concern is that predators could get to your birds through the chainlink fence. I would put hardware cloth around the bottom for protection. Otherwise, I love what you did![​IMG]
  3. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Love it I need to steel this idea for my geese pen this spring:)
  4. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2009
    Aurora, MO
    Thank you. I have had the chainlink kennel setup since March and so far nothing has gotten in with the gates shut during the day. At night, the coop is shut up so nothing can get in. Previously they free ranged all day with no run and we didn't have any problems. Not to say I can't though. That was proven the other night when I posted about a possum getting inside the coop since we weren't home and had not shut the coop or the run gate up. We recently closed up an area around the back yard with some orange netting so they could have a little grass to eat as well as a little more room to move around in. We only let them in this area when we are home since the netting is not the most secure in the world.

    Eventually I hope to be able to free range them again but for now, Grandma next door says no to that.

  5. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Wayne, Nice looking setup. Plenty of room for them to roam around. I only have chicken wire around our run, but they are locked in the coop at nite and nothing can get in there. Until we are not home one nite anyway. Your coop looks very roomy for you chickens they must be happy.
  6. mcostas

    mcostas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2010
    Kennels make good easy runs, I don't know why they aren't more popular. Mine was very easy to secure, I have welded wire on the top and hardware cloth on the bottom. I need to make a new coop though, my coop is on the outside. I have some old logs in there for them to hop on and I keep a pile of leaves for them to scratch.


    I had to put wire around my raised beds to keep the chickens out. I expected that though. I don't have the hardware cloth laying on the ground like I do on the other sides cause the door is narrow and I may have to undo the chain linking to add sand or something.

    The tarps shade them from the afternoon sun.
  7. upthecreek

    upthecreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    South Alabama
    You've got some pens on concrete slab in one pic that i was wondering what they were used for ? In the pic a rooster and two hens are in the foreground - steps to the house on the right and mysterious pens to the left on concrete slab .
    Thanks ,

  8. AllAlaskan

    AllAlaskan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    Alaska, MatSu
    I too use a dog kennel for my run. I have a 22ft camper trailor boarded up around the bottem with the dog kennel butted up next to it with the side of the kennel butted up tot he camper removed and used on top as part of the cover. Works really well, gives my birds plenty of room to run.
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Nice. Your roo REALLY likes that one hen of yours.
  10. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    [​IMG] [​IMG] very nice set up and coop. and your chickens look pretty happy too!

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