What do I need in my run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beatrixkiddo, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. beatrixkiddo

    beatrixkiddo Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2010
    I have a coop with an attatched run that is almost complete. I have all of the necessary thinks in the coop ( nest boxes, food, water, roosts, ect...) but am unsure what all I need in the run. I also have food and water in the run. Are there any particular items that your hens really enjoy in your run?
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    chickens......thats all you need in your run.

    really tho, maybe a roost branch for them. i have hay in the run. especially now because some snow got in there. now with the hay spread out in the run, it encourages them to come on and go outside etc.

    i would also cover the run, so they can go out rain/sun etc.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  3. The Fairy Godmartyr

    The Fairy Godmartyr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    Chickens! [​IMG]

    I really didn't put anything special in my run. When the weather got cold, I threw in some straw for them to walk on but I question if that was even the best idea. They love picking around in it, but I'm not sure how much maintenance work it will cause me in the future.
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I have a huge sweet gum tree so when the leaves dry out I put a bunch in the run. They like picking through them, scattering them around and trampling them into compost. I also hang a suet cage out there that I put various greens in. That makes them last longer and gives them something to do. Ditto the branch roost as well.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    1. Some shade in a certain spot
    2. Protection from wind (tarp etc.) in a certain spot where they can congregate
    3. roost to get off ground
    4. place to take dirt bath (dry dirt)
    5. sometimes I dig up a square of sod and dump it in the run for them to scratch and eat grass if I am not free ranging at the time
    6. netting overhead if you have a hawk problem but prepare for snow load (buy strong enough chicken wire or netting etc.)
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    A shepherd's hook garden hanging thing, usually used to hang potted plants. Planted firmly in the ground. This will be useful to hang a head of cabbage from, for them to pick at throughout the day.
  7. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    A dirt bath - they will love you for it, while at the same time providing you with endless entertainment. Nothing beats Chicken TV. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    A concrete block or paving stone or something similar, for them to clean/sharpen their beak on. A few things for them to jump up on. Something new every day -- a handful of leaves or grass or hay or dried weeds, a scrap of wood -- anything to avert boredom. A mirror.

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