1. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the prosses of putting a run on my shed the main 4 posts
    are going to be made out of 4x4 but can the other lenghs of wood
    be a smaller thickness to keep cost down
    cheers Phil
     
  2. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Sure. How long is your run? (I assume you are talking about the corner posts) Though some people will look down on it, I personally used landscape timbers for most of my run. They were about $3 each. I set them in concrete to slow the decay process. They won't last as long as treated 4x4 posts, but they will last long enough for my purposes. There are other options too. Like using a 2x4 set on a concrete block at every other post position.
     
  3. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My run is going to be 20 x 6ft for
    10 chickens
     
  4. carino

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    Nice, will you have some sort of roof or covering?
     
  5. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes partly covered roof
    cheers Phil
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That would depend on what the other lengths of wood are supporting.
    At 20 feet long, I'd think you'd need more than 4 posts.
     
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  7. worms7

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    I will be having more support but the main corners will be 4x4
    cheers
     
  8. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What size do you make each section
    do you make them the width of the
    welded mesh/hardware cloth with a
    brace in the middle
    cheers Phil
     
  9. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yes, at least. Hardware cloth here comes in rolls, so if that's what you are using, split the 20' up in to 5' sections using 10' long 2x boards for your top supports. If you are using welded wire panels, obviously put a support at each edge and then at the halfway point in the middle.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Make a plan, a very well thought out plan, for the framing based on the mesh sizes you have.
    It's most secure, and easier to install, to have a framing member at each edge of mesh.
     
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