In the summertime our chickens live in a moveable run, which the boys move to a new spot every day or two. But during cold months they live in the chicken house, which had a VERY tiny outdoor area. It was adequate for half a dozen chickens. But last fall I bought a bunch of new baby chicks, and now that they’re full size, it was way too crowded. With the weather getting a little bit warmer, I decided that our expanded flock of chickens also needed a bigger chicken run.
I went to the farm store and bought a roll of chicken wire and some metal ‘t’ posts. Then I had my boys pound posts for me, and we wired wire to the posts to give the chickens a much bigger outdoor living space. Here the girls are checking it out.
And here you can see the door that we cut into the original tiny run so that the chickens could get out to the larger space. We shut the little door at night so that predators can’t get into the chicken house.
We stapled the bottom edge of the run to railroad ties to discourage dogs (including ours!) from digging underneath it, and the edges of wire not stapled to RR ties have rocks weighting the wire down.