Baby chicks can be kept in a small coop but when chicks grow they need an extra area apart from their coop to roam freely. Chickens love to scratch and begin to grow more quickly when they find more space to play and walk. To fulfill their need one can attach a run with the coop. So what is meant by chicken run? It is a fenced in area attached with the coop to allow the birds move freely within enclosed wire wall and also provide protection from chicken predators.
One can buy chicken coop with run which may not only be inadequate for chickens and also be expensive rather one can make run by oneself keeping in view the size of flock and space available. A number of free chicken coop run plans are available on the internet together with lots of free chicken coop plans but it requires a huge search. To make it convenient for you I’ve prepared a list of 8 plans with their links, so you can pick one from these.
1) Run Design For Shed Coop
It is also an attached model of coop with run as it is more focused on size of the chicken run. It uses bird wire and wood stakes. Place 5 stakes of wood on parallel sides. Add two stakes to the third side and the remaining side will be attached to the wall of the coop. Place 6 wood stakes on each of those parallel sides and follow the same base procedure with the top. Connect them with pre-drilled holes and fix them. Add the bird net to all the parts of the run and fix it properly so that predators can’t harm your girls.
2) Large Run By Clyde E. Witt
To build a large chicken run, what you need is 2*4 timber and 78 feet long poultry netting. Take some wooden stakes would be 1 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long. Cut the net by 48 feet and mash along the side board 2*4. Do the same with the opposite side. Spot in the wire from the center by about 12 by 18 inch square under to the roof. Pave the next two 2*4 parallel to each other on either side of the door and perpendicular to the opening side. Make sure it’s by the coop and parallel to each other. If you use 48″ mesh and position the boards 4 feet apart, each one will provide approximately 16 square feet of space.
This chicken coop with run can be constructed by taking 8 PVC pipes that are 5 foot long and make two squares side by side on the ground. Join them using vertical and t joints. Add 8 pipes of 4 foot in all the 8 vertical joints and fix it tight. Repeat the same 5 foot procedure for the top and fix it tight. Add a 3 by 3 door by the side of the coop place hinges 2 inches from sides and from the bottom of the door. Places the coop and run side by side. Use a zip tie to attach the flap to the fence at the top. Cover the entire top eighth the net and secure it tightly with the t-straps.
4) Simple Wood And Wire Structure Run
This is a combination of chicken coop and run which is made of simple wood and wire structure. The coop will be made inside the Bern and run will be at the side of the Bern. The coop will be made of four walls and a top of 2*4 and corners of 4*4 with joists. The run is 8 feet wide and 12 feet long with wired walls so the joists can be three easily. The wood is dogged 4 feet’s under to keep it all together. It will also help keeping girls safe from rain as well as from predators. Then rap it with plastic and fiber netting to keep birds and snakes out. Give the dogged area same extra strength with concrete. Feed and take care of the chickens to keep life good. Same thing can be done for horses and other animals accordingly.
5) Chicken/Quail Run
Here are step by step guide to build this chicken run.
- Establish the area first slightly by making high ground, versatility, and convenience.
- Take four pegs and make a string line of 2.4*7.2 meters. Take 2.4 cut wood stakes and form a rectangle.
- Dig the holes with depth of 40cm and width of 23 cm.
- Dig each of them and cement the posts one by one to strengthen them.
- Attach the top railing by drilling holes and connecting them of same sizes.
- Dig some rodent free net wire about a meter deep.
- Used heavy gauge galvanized aviary netting (90cm wide) and bent it over to keeping chickens safe from predators and rusting.
- For walls you need wire mesh 200cm wide.
- Add top and middle mesh and staple the posts.
- Add the wire netting to the roof.
- Get a steel gate frame and attach it to the run. It’s more focused on.
6) Portable And Light Wight
This run is made from 1/2″ PVC piping and 24″ wide chicken wire held on with zip ties. It measures 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide and 5 feet long. The whole run worth just 30$ this shows how cheap chicken run this it. The sides were 2*5+2*4 and top was similar as well. Need T joints and vertical joints, net wire and some PVC pipes to build an individual chicken run.This run is just like a walk in chicken run.
7) Triangle Shape Run
Let’s see how to build chicken coop and run with a much different approach. This is a 3 to 4 meter chicken run attached to the coop. it’s basically an extended area with the coop that has a door attached with it. It is made of wooden borders and wire. The extended area is made of timber 2*4 sheets and wood staples. It is shaped as a triangle tent house with the door at the center of it. So that one side could be coop and the other can be a chicken run.
To make this run dig the 7 feet posts inside the ground by 1 feet. Use small stakes to mark the corners of the run and make a string border to it. Dig a 6 inch deep trench this will help keeping predators burrowing under the fence. Use the post with 6 foot gaps among the fence, dig them 2 feet and fill it with soil and water. Hammer U-shaped staples to fasten the wire fencing to the wall of the coop. cut the wire and you will have your chicken run design.
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