Chicken Coop Run for Shed Coop

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Author Notes: 

Now I know what all the fuss is about.

Or rather, should I say what all the clucking is about

We've had the girls in our backyard for a few months now, and my goodness, are they fun!  And the ladies haven't even started laying eggs!!!

We've only got four chickens, and they are quite happy in their little A Frame Coop, let free during the day. 

But if you fancy a fancier chicken coop, you really must check out the Shed Coop Plans that Whitney built a while back.

Hello Cuteness!!!!

But the chicks in Whitney's Shed Coop still needed a run.  I don't know if it is true that a happy chicken lays a better egg, but I can tell you this:  A happy chicken running around in a coop clucking can definitely make your day better.

So Whitney and I worked together to create a coop plan that minimizes scraps and maximizes space savings.  And a plan that would be easy to build.

Two days later.  Less than $200.  

Whitney did a few modifications to use materials that are available to her - specifically 24" chicken wire - so make sure you check out her post here for more details.

Thanks Whitney!  And of course, the plans follow!  Check them out!

Shopping List: 

4 – 2x6 @ 12 feet long
7 – 2x6 @ 8 feet long
9 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 10 feet long (cut three 35” door pieces from this board to conserve lumber)
1 – 100 foot roll 36” wide chicken wire
½” staples
2 exterior gate hinge sets
2 ½” PH screws

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

4 – 2x6 @ 12 feet long
13 – 2x4 @ 48” long
7 – 2x6 @ 8 feet long

4 – 2x4 @ 35”
4 – 2x4 @ 47 ½”

Step 1: 

Build the two walls.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Then attach tops and ends.

Step 3 Instructions: 

And then the door framing.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Now just run your chicken wire over the top.

Step 5 Instructions: 

And then build your doors! Attach with hinges!

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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