BaaKaaawk

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Thanks for this! We are going to start this weekend!

How many chickens are you making it for, 5 right? I will draw you up a super basic plan tomorrow if you like so you know what to buy. I assume you have a Lowe's local to you? Also, this is just a coop right, not a wired-in run?
 

NatJ

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Is it possible to just build a super secure, covered run that has roosts and nesting boxes (when the start laying)?

Idk if it helps at all, but we live in Louisiana where it doesn’t get super cold. We would most likely build a coop down the road, just spaced out over time to help with the cost of things.

The chickens need protection from predators, and from the weather (shade from sun, shelter from wind/rain/snow).

I think your covered run idea would probably work fine in that climate.

If you're concerned about what the chickens like: I see plenty of threads about chickens who want to roost in the run at night, instead of going into the coop. (Usually, the concerned owner is trying to teach the chickens to sleep inside because their run is not safe. But you already intend to build your run such that it IS safe.)
 

aart

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I think your covered run idea would probably work fine in that climate.
Ditto Dat!

we live in Louisiana
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