How tall should my chicken run be?

shortnsweet1496

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I currently just order chickens from Meyer's hatchery a few weeks ago. My chickens are getting bigger everyday, so we have started the construction on the chicken coop. How tall should the fencing on the run be? And should it have fencing on top?
 

Bullitt

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I currently just order chickens from Meyer's hatchery a few weeks ago. My chickens are getting bigger everyday, so we have started the construction on the chicken coop. How tall should the fencing on the run be? And should it have fencing on top?


If you plan on being able to go into the run, you should make the run high enough for you to walk in. If not, it can be lower.

You should have wire or netting over the top of the run to keep out predators, such as hawks.

By the way, welcome to Backyard Chickens.
 
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jetdog

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If it's 6ft tall you can walk in with ease when you have to clean it. I would cover it just for the predators climbing over, I went with a plastic corrugated roof for the rain and snow just so it stays dry I wired it all together so nothing can get in.
 

Bullitt

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If it's 6ft tall you can walk in with ease when you have to clean it. I would cover it just for the predators climbing over, I went with a plastic corrugated roof for the rain and snow just so it stays dry I wired it all together so nothing can get in.


Or you can do that, which is a good idea. :)
 

Folly's place

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My run is eight feet tall; framed with 8' fence posts, and covered with chicken wire to keep out hawks. It's not secure for nocturnal predators, so the birds are locked into thier coop at night. Usually they free range, but at times they are locked in the run and coop during the daytime, because of a visiting hawk or other daytime problem. Mary
 

Hokum Coco

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If it is going to be movable it does not much matter as long as it has a top. If it is going to be stationary it should be high enough for you to stand up in which may not require a top if you do not have a predator problem.
 
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SallyinIndiana

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for the chickens it should be taller than the breed's rooster's height plus 1 foot. For you to easily clean it, it either needs the top to open or be tall enough you feel fine walking around and using a shovel.
 

ChickenLife

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I have Bantams and they love to fly like birds and they had a 10'X10' to start with, but they needed more space so I ended up with a covered 10'X30' with there chicken house in it 4'X6' on legs 3' high so no stooping over for me and I put there dust box under the house. I have to many predators of all kinds around night and day so my chickens have to stay in at all times.
 

shortnsweet1496

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I just want to know how tall it should be so that they can't fly over it if it didn't have a top. The place were the coop will be is hidden under trees so we shouldn't have a problem with hawks. I just don't want my chickens flying out of the run.
 

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