If you can't stand up in your run, how do you clean it out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mamakelly, May 25, 2010.

  1. mamakelly

    mamakelly In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    All this time I've been trying to figure out how to build a run, I was thinking it had to be tall, so I could stand up in it. After browsing coop pics, I see lots of runs that are only 3-4 feet tall. How easy or difficult is it to clean out a run like that?
  2. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    LOL, it can be, I just send the kids in if it's an egg but for cleaning I just rake it to the outside gate and it works great.
  3. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    I think a lot of the ones the you see that you can't walk into are movable.
  4. gumamelachick

    gumamelachick In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2010
    East Bay
    My run is 13' x 6' x 4' tall... that's right, 4' tall. The run itself is permanent and built on concrete. It is covered with chicken wire framed in wood. The frames are removable, so when I need to stand and clean in the run, I take the frames off and rake the litter.

    Oh, and I'm only 4'10" so if I need to get in without removing the frames, I don't need to hunch over too much!
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I let Mother Nature take care of it
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yep, mine is. It's about 2.5 feet high, and fully portable. To do any kind of work on it, I just flip it over or upside down [​IMG]
    My non-portable pens are tall enough for me to walk around in.
  7. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Jackson Hole
    I think of the day when I have a tall run... that's how [​IMG]
  8. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Quote:I like mine tall, 6' in most parts...check my buckeye coop page...

    maybe that would give you a tall idea...
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I've never read a post or talked to a person who had a short run, who didn't WISH they'd built a tall run. Keep that in mind...
  10. I've helped my cousin build a coop and run where we were short on supplies and funds so we made the run short, maybe 3ft tall. We just used a 4X4 in the middle and for the frame of the run (run was about 6' wide and 10' long all together) and that was the main beam, fixed the top with 2 parts wire 2 parts aluminum on 4 frames, and hinged them all to the 4 X 4...So to clean it you did one side at a time, flipped up two frames and raked and shoveled it. closed the frames (windows/doors/panels whatever you want to call them) and latch them closed, then move to the otherside. worked great, saved money and material, and was very cute. it didn't move at all, we built a second run just like the first attaching to the opposite side of the coop for added run, so they wound up having 6' X10' on either side so thats what 60 sq foot X 2 = 120 sq ft?

    I'm one of them people I dont like to do the same thing twice, or I like to try new things or else I would build one just like that for my next coop (i'm working on one with a 4.5' PVC run and its moveable though) later in the summer.

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