What all goes in a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by landonjacob, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. landonjacob

    landonjacob Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm completely new to chickens, but very excited! Building my coop with a run next month, and I've done a TON of research on this website (super helpful!), but my novice chicken brain has a question...
    Does there need to be food, water, and roosting poles in the run or just in the coop? Are there any other things that should be in a run?

    Thanks ahead of time!
     
  2. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My run has food, water & places to roost . I cover the top & part of the sides for winter. I think everyones set up is a little different. Good luck :)
     
  3. landonjacob

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    Thanks! I live in the city and can only have 4 hens. So I was wondering if having food and water in the run would be overkill with that few of chickens? I think I'm definitely going to put a roost in there to given them something else to do in the run.
     
  4. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern Out Of The Brooder

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    In the nice weather I keep some food out in the run, but not if there is rain/snow in the forecast. I try to keep the food dry and, besides, my girls and roo like to stand inside their dry coop and "observe" the outside world when it is wet out. I always leave water in both the coop and the run. If there is any food left in the run when nightfall comes, I bring it into the coop nice or it attracts rodents and I would worry about that bringing disease...
     
  5. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep water in the run at all times & do feed them there but i dont keep food there overnight. Mine dont go back into the coop during the day unless they are going to lay an egg. 4 hens will go through more than you think :) but it really depends on your set up & what works best for you & the girls.
     
  6. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    -depends upon the run. We have a run (30 x 10) that includes the following: two feeders, large waterer, several roosts at different levels, and a "sandbox" for dustbathing. It is covered to shield the birds from hawks. -chickens roam the lawn when we're outdoors (which is frequently). If you have a coop/run combo for a small flock of four gals, it may be fine to provide feed and water in the coop (if they access both, regularly). I would definitely construct a small roosting place in the run. -best of luck and enjoy your chickens!
     
  7. landonjacob

    landonjacob Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everybody!
    Great info! I think I'm going to leave water in the run and have different roost and stuff for them to climb on. The run will first be on grass and I will probably add a sand box if the grass holds up. If it doesn't I'll convert the whole run to sand mix like I've seen in other runs.
    For now I won't leave food in the run. The main issue that someone brought up is attracting rodents, and while I've had no problems, since I live in the city I know of neighbors with very nice houses get overran with rats. We also have a lot smart squirrels I'm going to have to keep an eye on to make sure they don't find a way to the food.
    Thanks again everyone! I'll make sure to post picture when I finish the coop/run next month! Really appreciate your help!
     
  8. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just a word from experience, unless you plan to move your run around like a tractor...your grass won't survive. My first run had to be redone with a sand and gravel "floor" because once the grass is gone all I was left with was mud. Good luck with construction-can't wait to see pictures!
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012
  9. landonjacob

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    Thanks! It's not a tractor, so in that case, I won't plan on the grass lasting. I'm designing a detachable run for easy maintenance, so it will be easy to convert when the grass starts to go. Thanks for the heads up!
     
  10. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1/3 of my secured run has a permanent roof over it, that's where their only feeder and water is hung.

    Chicken door to the coop is open 24 x 7 so if they want a midnight snack they can leave the coop.

    I also have a 8' diameter log in the run for them to peck at and sit on.

    I didn't put any roosts for the fear they would not go in the coop at night.

    Edited to included: Run walls and roof covered by 1/2" hardware cloth and feeder is suspended form roof. No problems with rodents or birds "stealing" feed.
     
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