I recently added a perch to the run. There is always at least one hen on top of the perch at all times. They are having such enjoyment with the perch that I am going to add a second.
We’ve only had the chickens for a couple of days and I’ve had to do a modification to the coop. The openings in the heavy duty fencing I used were too large. All of the chickens were able to squeeze through the fence and venture outside. It was fun to watch them run around the yard but when we are away, they need to be secure in their run.
I’ve added some regular chicken wire to the inside of the run. I plan on removing the chicken wire once they get large enough that they can’t escape the run.
The coop is officially under-construction! The run is complete and the coop will sit on one end of the run. The run is 12 feet long and 39 inches wide and 36 inches tall. The coop will be 4 feet long which will give me an 8 foot deck which I will probably use to set planters on or just give me a work space.
Here is the Foreman on the job site making sure quality standards are met. She even drew up some plans (in her hands and posted below) on her own to make sure Walt had everything in order.
The Foreman told Walt that he needed two triangles on the end and five pieces of wood in the middle. The tree on the left has a humming bird feeder hanging from a branch. This is because she saw the feeder on the ground and asked why we had not hung it yet. And of course you have the sun in the upper right.
Here is the finished run. Everything was made with pressure treated lumber and then we applied an additional coat of waterproofing. The near end was finished off with a hinged door for easy access.
My next step is to build a chicken coop.
Did you know that Williams-Sonoma sells coops? The coop pictured below retails for $1,500. I like the design of the cedar coop & run with planter box on top. Perhaps I could use the basic design and build something similar.
I enlisted the help of my carpenter (Walt) and we talked about a similar design but with some customizations. We agreed on a reasonable price and work has commenced!