1. CoopersCoopNC

    CoopersCoopNC In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    We lost 4 chickens to hawk attacks in June, so we needed to "fortify" an area around the coop for the girls to stay in during the Spring. We still plan to Free Range them when the hawks have moved on (they were feeding their babies at the time). This run also allows us to "pen" the girls up from their daily free-range during long Summer days (around 6:00 PM) and let them put themselves to "bed". The chickens are on a farm near our house, not in our yard, so driving out there at 9:00PM to close them up every evening was getting difficult.

    Our starting point: we were given an Amish built (Barn Raiser) Dutch style coop measuring approximately 8' x 6'. We painted the green coop red, to match the other buildings on the farm. The red really makes it "pop".

    Added a covered area for shade in the hot NC Summer (approximately 8' x 8')

    The back of the coop, with the rest of the framing of the run.

    Finished! The "human" door is almost invisible from the front.
    There it is...
    It was a fun project to do and cost around $400 in lumber, paint, hardware cloth, and fasteners. The large enclosure measures 16' off the coop to the left and 8' front to back (along the length of the coop). The front "foyer" extends 3' off the front of the coop and I believe it runs 10' across the front.

    Thanks for looking :)
  2. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Looks like you have made a very nice enclosure for your birds. No hawk will be getting in there.

    Best to you and your birds,

  3. J at Yoti Farms

    J at Yoti Farms In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2014
    Wanamaker, IN
    Looks good

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