|Project by MrMe||posted 06-01-2014 05:53 PM||1623 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
This is the chicken run that goes with the chicken coop previously posted. Again used 2×4s for construction and plywood for the solid end. The wiring is 1/4 inch squares, if memory serves me correctly. Chicken coop wire has larger holes, is less durable and less able to withstand predators. The vertical components in the sides are placed in 1 inch notches to the horizontal members. This was done for strength as the chicken run is designed to be mobile. The wheels are mounted on 2×4s at one end so that when they are lifted the wheels lift one end of the run. The other end is lifted by me if I’m only moving it 20 or 30 feet, otherwise I hook it up to my lawn tractor and tow it.
What is not shown in the pictures is a hole cut in the plywood end to correspond with the chicken door on the chicken coop. I let them out in the morning and close them up at night. With 10 chickens I have to move the set-up every 2 weeks. Most of the grass is gone but when it grows back it is thick and mostly weed free. I guess chicken poop makes a good fertilizer! Also not in the photo is a tarp placed over half of the run so they can be dry on rainy days.
-- I thought I wanted a job - turns out I just wanted a paycheck.