What's the absolute easiest way to make a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mamakelly, May 25, 2010.

  1. mamakelly

    mamakelly In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    DH is so busy, he has no time to help me. I think I could use a saw to make a few cuts, but I've only used one a hand full of times. I bought a dog house that's converting very nicely to a coop, but I'm stuck on the run. I really want a run with a door that's tall enough for me to walk in, but realistically I'm not sure if I can build that by myself with limited building knowledge. So does anyone have any suggestions for a run that's super easy to make? Pictures would be helpful.
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Pointed 2 in diameter 8' fence posts. Post hammer (3 in diameter steel pipe with handles), wire, build a door.
  3. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    How about a 10x10 dog kennel (6 ft high)? Very easy and they show up on craigslist from time to time.
  4. desertcat

    desertcat In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2009
    Have to second the dog kennel. Not only do they show up on craigslist, but a lot of smaller hardware stores will carry all the parts and you can make one that is the size & configuration that suits you. A couple of hours to bolt it together and add any predator precautions you want and you're good to go.
  5. I agree with the dog kennel idea. We pounded stakes into the ground at close intervals and have had no predation. Also can be reshaped or moved as necessary.
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I vote dog kennel and precautions. Much easier than pounding posts and building a door. Totally from my point of view. I can pound posts, but I'm totally inept at building anything.
  7. ChixMama

    ChixMama Songster

    Jan 26, 2010
    Central Texas
    We used a chain link dog kennel from Tractor Supply that's 5' wide x 15' long x 6' tall. Out of sheer stubborness I put the shell up (and screwed the tubes together with self tapping screws so it wouldn't come apart) and all of the chain link by myself. We worked together to put up the hardware cloth with a bunch of zip ties, but I could have done it by myself and just taken longer. You can see pictures of it on my page. The kennel we used was $199 with a $40 rebate thru the end of the year--but the rebate is only good on this particular model called the 2-in-1. Good Luck...you can do it!!![​IMG]
  8. mamakelly

    mamakelly In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    Hmmm I hadn't ever thought to use a dog run for a chicken run. That's an intresting idea. I'll have to check Craigslist and see if I can find a used one!
  9. NancyinAlaska

    NancyinAlaska Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Willow Alaska
    I put this together a month ago and it was pretty easy. The base is 8'x8', I nailed the 6 2x4's together and made a box and drilled 1/2 inch hole for the 1/2"pvc pipe. I put chicken wire on the bottom, so nothing can dig in, and then covered it with chicken wire, fastened with zip ties.


    It works really good, and was inexpensive to put together. GOOD LUCK! Nancy
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Nail together a rectangle flat on the ground, with studs spaced every 3-4 feet
    Get it nice and square, and put on your wire, then stand it up
    Repeat as needed until you have enough walls

    Add some corner bracing to keep it squared up
    It's easier to do the 2 long walls first and attach them to the coop before you close in the end

    It's just like building a wall in a house


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