How do you design your runs for your portable coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I was thinking of using PVC as the frame for my runs--as it's more flexible and may contour to the ground better than wood....We have barely any flat ground on our 10 acres and I worry about gaps under the runs for my bantams as far as escaping & predators are concerned...I was thinking about making the run detachable so the coop (chicken tractor) would be easily moved.....

    Any ideas??? Pics would be even better!


  2. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    Were you going to use chicken wire or cage wire for your pen?
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I have four rolls of "hardware" cloth that I was planning to use, at least on the bottom part. The top of the run will have a roof cover it...
  4. sewincircle

    sewincircle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central New York
    I used 6x10 AKC fencing. I made a 10x20 run. (I say I did it, my DH did it)


    How big were you thinking?
  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Is that a chicken tractor?? [​IMG]
  6. too much fun

    too much fun Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Happy Valley, Utah
    I made a 10X10 run using 1 1/4 pvc. It's a little heavy, yet moveable. Won't blow away.
  7. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I think what we'll do is use a PVC frame with hardware cloth on the bottom part & 1'' chicken wire on the tops....
  8. foxonfire

    foxonfire Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 2, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Make sure your pvc is heavy duty enough. We tried to make a pen out of the lighter stuff- It didn't work at all!

    I really wanted a functional, movable pen for the ducks, and eventually the chicks, however we had to rethink and went with wood. Which isn't movable, but very sturdy and has kept out the animals which could eat my stock!

    Good luck with your pvc and building![​IMG]
  9. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Here's a pic of my small wood run that I built to attach to a my doghouse coop. I made it so that it's removable, and I can move the doghouse and run separately. It works out pretty well for me...

  10. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    I used pressure treated but Im sure heavy duty pvc would work.

    Ours was heavy enough that we don't need to secure it to the cart, but still light enough we can pick it up and move it. We ripped 2x4's in half longwise to give us 2x2's which are plenty strong enough and dumped a lot of the weight. ....I think we used 4 sticks?? like $15 worth of lumber

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