Solid-roof runs attached to coops...can I see?

Rc_Rosealetta

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Hi everyone! Found someone to help me build my Coopa-A-Cabana next spring for much more reasonable than ordering through shed builders. Anyways... looking for those that had solid-roof runs that are attached to their coops.

Coop design plan is 10x16’ split into 2 parts: coop and garden shed. The attached run I’m looking at making 10x20’ish and having it be directly attached to the coop itself (without a tunnel).

Can anyone show me their setup that’s like this? Looking at doing a metal roof that matches the coop. Not sure if I want it to be same height or different. Looking for examples. Thanks!
 

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Hi everyone! Found someone to help me build my Coopa-A-Cabana next spring for much more reasonable than ordering through shed builders. Anyways... looking for those that had solid-roof runs that are attached to their coops.

Coop design plan is 10x16’ split into 2 parts: coop and garden shed. The attached run I’m looking at making 10x20’ish and having it be directly attached to the coop itself (without a tunnel).

Can anyone show me their setup that’s like this? Looking at doing a metal roof that matches the coop. Not sure if I want it to be same height or different. Looking for examples. Thanks!
There should be examples on the coop pages...

My big coop only has a tiny roof extension over the run (left side in photo below).. I keep meaning to extend it, since the supports are already there:

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My duck coop, also only has a small area roofed, but roof is simply the duck coop roof extended out.
 

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Hi! I don't know if this is what you are referring to as a solid roof run but this is the coop my hubby and I made over two years ago. There is a door that we keep open all the time, the ladies can go out into the run anytime they want. We used a plastic roof and it has held up very nicely. I live VERY close to you and do not recommend a metal roof. It will get too hot in the summer and be very noisy in the rain. Just my thoughts, good luck!
 

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ackie

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One of mine, though the run is not actually covered, is vaguely what I imagine yours looking like, if you continued my roof line to the end of the run...and I imagine your coop will have solid walls.

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Excuse how janky some of it is. I leave that metal door open all the time but it could be closed. Its obviously not predator proof but it is probably chicken proof. My best guess is its panel off a dog crate.
 
4x6 coop, 3 nest boxes outside coop, run is 14x6 and fenced area covered with netting is about 35x40. Don’t have plans, built on the fly.

It has worked great for 8 hens and rooster.
 

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littledog

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I started with a craigslist freebie 4x5 ft. dog house and a 12x7 ft. chainlink dog kennel.

I modified the dog house by installing perches, cutting out part of the wall in the back to make 2 nest boxes, and making a roof with ventilation, that could be removed for cleaning.

I put poultry netting on the sides and roof of the chainlink kennel, and added 4 ft. hardware cloth to make an 18" apron and go up the sides 30". Placed cinder blocks on top of the hardware cloth apron. This worked great for a long time for three hens.
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Looks junky here, because we'd already started building the bigger yard around it.

After "chicken math" happened (our neighbors moved away and gave us their hens, plus we found a stray hen in our yard who was most likely somebody's dumped Easter chick) we put a roof on the original 12'x7'yard, added some perches, and built a 25'x18' run around the original chainlink kennel.
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This is after the roofing on the kennel and the walls and gate of the yard were complete, but before we covered the roof of the new yard.
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This shows how we covered the yard - the three posts in the middle hold up the white PVC, which supports poultry wire. The side walls are a layer of poultry netting, then a layer of hardware cloth that forms an apron on the ground and goes 3' up the sides, then welded wire up to the top. The red/white barrel in the background collects rainwater from the roofed area.
Currently we have 8 hens and 1 rooster.

In the center of the second picture, you can see the old horse trailer parked at the end of the yard. That is going to be our next project, to turn it into their permanent coop. When that's done, we will turn the covered kennel into a grow-out pen or maybe a meat-bird raising enclosure. Chicken math wins again!
 

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