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Inexpensive way to expand our run while maintaining safety?

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

  1. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chirping

    May 30, 2011
    This is what we currently have:


    It's 4X8 and 2 feet tall. I'd like to expand it both up and out. But hardware cloth is expensive and we live in a wooded area so we need security.

    Suggestions? I was thinking we could expand up using 2X4 welded wire and expand the footprint using the hardware cloth that is currently on top (we may need to buy a little more to supplement, but hopefully not much). Ideally, I'd like to end up with 50 sq feet on the ground and 6 feet high so we can walk in to clean it.

    I'd appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you!
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011

  2. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    Personally, I would look on craigslist for free sections of hardware cloth and lumber and make panels out them to match what you already have. Then as you get more secure panels you can add them to what you already have.

    I would not do a "two story" cause the hens really like the kicking and digging and not just floor space. You might do better adding a small pop door to each of the existing panels (with good locks) and then adding a 3 sided addition to one of the existing sides and rotate them once a week or month depending on the number of chickens you have.

    They will enjoy the extra bug hunting room and cover.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    So that means you have 16 linear feet of 24inch hw cloth to add to the bottom extension??? That mean you could go as far as another 4 x 6 section of hw cloth. Of course you'd still have to get the 2x4 welded wire, and the 2x4 extensions for height. I agree that it's wonderful being able to walk into your run to clean and such.
    Is your current run frame 2 x 4s???
  4. Gullygarden

    Gullygarden Chirping

    Jul 2, 2011
    what about a solar charged electric mesh run? I have a picture on my byc page.
  5. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chirping

    Jun 27, 2011
    I was wondering how people keep the lower height runs clean anyway. It would seem that the coop would need to be a tractor and moved all the time.
  6. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    A 10' piece of PVC pipe, arched across a 4' span will give you another 4' of head room, so added onto your current 2' you will have 6' in the center and about 5' on the sides. Cover it with welded wire and use your current cover to lengthen your run.
  7. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chirping

    May 30, 2011
    Thank you for the ideas!!

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