Run Questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Junior, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Junior

    Junior Songster

    Jan 28, 2010
    i'm about to start building a 20x40 ft. run (when i finish my coop i will add on to it and make it 20x70).i plan to use 2"x4"welded wire fencing and hardware cloth on the bottom & skirt.

    now the part i'm not sure about - i'm pretty tall and i dont want to have to stoop over while i'm in,should i buy all 10 ft 4x4 posts and have 7-8 ft.tall perimeter fence or should i buy 5 10 ft. 4x4 posts for the center and 8 ft 4x4 for the perimeter making the outside fence 6 ft. & have a sloped top (not shure if i'm going to cover with tin or wire)?

    i'm leaning toward the second idea because with the extra posts running down the center would allow me to divide the run into 4 separate 10x20 pens till i get my coop finished.

    any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2010

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    If you put a solid top on it, you will need it to slope so water will run off. A flat tin roof will leak.
  3. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    My current run doesn't slope, because we are building a new one...this is just temporary. We use tarps for shade on one end and the rain causes them to sag almost to the point of collapse. Our new ones will be sloped, with higher posts in the middle.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It would take a considerable bit of lumber and money to effectively roof a 20x40 run, even if you never get any snow at all. You could drape netting over it to just keep out hawks, that requires less support if you do it circus-tent-pole fashion (and then height will not be an issue, since the pole/s *has* to be pretty tall). But be aware that won't keep out any predators besides birds.

    If you are contemplating a tin roof, price it all out first, making sure you price out appropriate posts and rafters and crossbraces (essentially you will be building a 20x40 open-walled shed, or carport -- even without snow there are some real engineering issues to respect, so make sure you have designed it appropriately!)

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    For help on figuring rafters try Click on span tables on the right, then scroll down to online span calculators. I hope this helps.
  6. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Chickens need light, and chicken wire is good predator keep out roofing. But you should definetley use a solid metal wire. Chicken wire is NOT predator proof. [​IMG] Hope that 2 cents helps.
  7. Junior

    Junior Songster

    Jan 28, 2010
    thanks everyone for the help & advice.i really appreciate it.


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