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Run Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lisamayc, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. lisamayc

    lisamayc In the Brooder

    Jan 7, 2010
    I'm getting ready to build a chicken run. My origianl plan was to create an L- shape run using 2 of the coop walls. The possitve for this plan is the back side of the coop would create a good amount of shade in the summer time in the afternoon. Now I'm wondering if making a long rectangular run of the side of the coop would be better. I have about 50 ft of fencing materail to use and I want to maximize it's use. Which is better in your opinion - long and narrow or L [​IMG]

  2. possumqueen

    possumqueen Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    Don't know where you are, but if it gets hot there, then the shade would be a great idea, and using coop walls would maximize your fence length. I say go for it!

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  3. gkeesling

    gkeesling Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I would suggest using the coop walls and go for the shade. i did that and am glad I did. It also helps provide some protection against the wind at times.
  4. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    [​IMG] from Alaska

    Thanks for joining us.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Just about any time you can use walls to stretch your fencing materials, it's a good thing. I used a lot of garage wall space for my run, but I goofed a bit. A lot of winter time sun is blocked... [​IMG] So do weigh everything. Summer and winter sun, where do your main winds come from, water drainage, etc. Good luck!
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    shade is always good... especially in AZ

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