Looking for ideas for a run... share yours?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AccioSarah, May 12, 2010.

  1. AccioSarah

    AccioSarah Songster

    Apr 21, 2010
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    I'm looking to update my small, weak run into a larger, stronger, walk-in run. I was hoping to get some ideas. How have you constructed your runs? Did you use lumber? 2x4s? Wire panels?
    I look forward to seeing all the different runs!
  2. illegal avian

    illegal avian Cooped up

    Apr 21, 2010
    Third World, Texas
    Not to make you jealous with what I paid for mine...


    It's a virtual run.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
  4. chickydoodle

    chickydoodle In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2010

    I was just coming to post the same question~ we are a day or 2 away from coop completion [​IMG], God willing, and I've got the walk-in run planned out for the most part but want some ideas too, I'm just gonna tag along if that's ok?[​IMG]
  5. wcasey911

    wcasey911 In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2010
    Mine is a couple of dog kennels put together for a total of 10x20.

  6. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Lansing, MI
  7. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    we attached the wire to the privacy fence and then to post on one side then covered the top with wire also we will be adding a walk way to their coop which we had to move and will attach part to our fence then post and use u shaped nails to attach the wire. then husband made a gate to get in and out of run I like the different sizes that come in the fence wire we used some of the smaller fencing for my garden. I like the idea of a secure run so if I am not here or at night they can be safe in the run/coop area. I will see if I have some pictures of my run.
    This is the side and front view there will be a walk way in the corner going to their coop which is about 50 feet away (someone called dog pound to complain it was closer the 50 feet [​IMG])
  8. Monk

    Monk Songster

    May 10, 2009
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    We went with panels screwed into posts we'd set.
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I set wooden posts every 8 feet, and attached five feet high 2" x 4" welded wire to them, using 1-1/4" fencing staples. I need to put chicken wire around the bottom 24" to keep the chicken's heads in so they would not be reaching for grass outside, some predators could not so easily reach in, and to keep baby chicks from leaving the run, but have not done it yet. I had some metal roofing material available thanks to a 70 mph staight line wind that came through, so I covered about 75% of the top of the run. The rest of the top is open. There was a gap between my top and the top of the 5' high welded wire, so I cut more welded wire and filled that gap. I used the heavy staples to nail to the wood supporting my roof and J-clips to attach the wire to the wire. That was to stop chickens from flying out more than to stop predators from climbing in since predators can still get in through the section of my top that is still open. I had some pullets that would basically fly/walk up the fence and escape to get away from the rooster's advances. Around the open section, I used welded wire and attached it in a way that it sticks up a couple of feet above the welded wire. It just sticks up without any support at the top. In theory, a predator trying to climb over the wire would bend it back so it could not get over it, but since the predators could still get on top of my coop or the covered top of my run and get in, it is only really effective in keeping the chickens from flying out. I have not done it since I don't consider my run predator proof, but you could put an apron around it to keep the predators from digging in. My coop, where they are locked up at night, has the aprons and is very predator proof. My run may be predator resistant, but it is certainly not predator proof.

    My coop forms one end of my run. It is over 8 feet tall. I used some staples to hold the fencing in place, then screwed some 1/2" to 3/4" thick strips of wood over the ends of the fencing. Just screwing the wood down tight holds the fence in place, but putting some screws inside the openings in the fence assures me it will not pull out. The wood covers the sharp ends of the fencing so I don't get scratched when working around there.

    I don't really have good pictures of it.


    There are many different ways to go about building a run. How predator proof you want to make it, how big, what materials you have available or are comfortable working with, how much you want to spend, and many more factors enter in. Good luck however you decide.

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