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Creating a Chicken Run

Adding a run to your coop gives extra space for exercise, protects chickens from predators, and provides shade from the sun. We hope these coops will inspire you to build or add on to your run.
  • Kerrie Brown Berends

    Swing Set

    A children's swing set was turned into a coop! Most material was re-purposed. The owner only added wire, a small amount of wood, and some paint.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016
  • Michael Nitsche

    Coop with a View

    This 10 ft x 10 ft coop was made with salvaged lumber from an old cattle stockyard. There are two small doors to let chickens into the enclosed run and the yard. The doors are operated by an old head gate irrigation valve handle. The coop holds 10 hens.

    The perimeter of the coop has a wire screen apron that is attached to the wood and sweeps a foot away from the coop. It is covered with river rock from pastures on the owner's farm. The run framing is made from an old lodge pole. It has chain link fencing on the outside perimeter and 1-inch chicken wire on the inside and the roof.

    The inside walls and floor are insulated. The walls are covered by scrap exterior siding from a local lumber yard that was going to be to the dump. Ten nesting boxes were also built from the siding.

    The owner built a 10-gallon gravity feeder out of scrap irrigation pipe.

    A hatch in the floor opens up to a worm box that is 3-feet deep. The owner sweeps the poop to the worms. When worm population gets to heavy, the owner feeds the worms to the chickens

    A wind turbine provides electicity. 

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016
  • Wendy Winkel

    Permanent Run

    Adding a run made for a great addition to Wendy Winkel's small coop.

    "Kids don't play in the play house anymore. Time to re-purpose it!" says Winkel.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016
  • Dian Proctor

    Floored Run

    A run with a floor or gravel will help make for easy clean up, and chickens will be kept warm and dry if you have wet conditions.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016
  • Kristy Balder

    Small Portable Coop

    This Minnesota coop was made with leftover material from other projects. It comfortably houses six hens that free range during the day and are shut in at night for safety. The window opens for fresh air in the summer. It's small, insulated, and portable so it can be moved to a sheltered location and kept heated and warm in the winter.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016
  • Colleen McGowan

    Tractor Pull

    Small, portable coops are great for moving around the yard with even a lawn tractor.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016
  • Codi Beth Butler

    Enclosed Coop

    This coop has been enclosed within the run, adding an extra safety feature from predators.

    Date Published: April 18, 2016
    Date Updated: April 19, 2016

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