Things to put in the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kchopper, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. kchopper

    kchopper Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking for some ideas for things to put in my run. Run is 20'x20' for 16 chickens, so I have some room. Right now I just have a 10' board about 5 feet up with a ladder. What else can I put in there? Just trying to find some ideas to make it look not so empty, plus give the chickens a place to hide, play, etc.....
     
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    A doghouse, a chair, some planters... Anything, really.
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    doghouse is good, I have an old crate/pallet thing that they roost on, and several log rounds from an old tree I figured would attract bugs
     
  4. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    OMGosh lol now I have to decorate the inside of the run? LOLOL DH is gonna think I've done lost it!
     
  5. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    I had some terra cotta pots sitting doing nothing so I put those in.. if you have a junk pile....throw it in there, they will love it. [​IMG]
     
  6. AlabamaChickenLady

    AlabamaChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about a large rock?

    I put a round (unsplit) log in there, then went up the road and found a 10 - 12 foot tree branch and proped one side up on the log and left the other side on the ground. They love it.

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  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fruit trees and/or tomato cages/trellis to give shade and free food dropping. (See my BYC page for pics of my everbearing Illinois Mulberry trees that drop mulberries for 10 - 12 weeks in the summer)
     
  8. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 4 2x4's Nailed them in a rectangle. Then, I put chicken wire with verry small holes over the top. Finaly, i nailed on 2x2's or smaller to hold the wire on then...you have grass growers so the hens wont run out of grass.[​IMG]
     
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  9. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like a large wooden ferris wheel.[​IMG]
     
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  10. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously, this is a good idea. In an empty run with nothing vertical in it, a bullied chicken has no way to hide or get out of sight. The girls who are at the bottom of the pecking order will be grateful to you if "decorate" the inside of the run.

    I think chickens also appreciate it when there is something to hide under in the run. Even though my runs have hardware cloth on the top and are perfectly secure from raptor attack, my flock still likes to hang out under something that makes them feel like they're hidden, whether a shade tarp, solid roof panel, or a bunch of bamboo branches stuck on top of the run.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011

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