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How to Build a Chicken Run: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Rachel Davis 31 Mar 2024

Chickens in a coop

If you've decided to keep chickens in your garden in the United Kingdom, building a chicken run is a smart and responsible choice. A chicken run provides a safe and secure environment for your feathered friends to roam while protecting them from predators. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of building your own chicken run.

Materials You'll Need

Before you start, gather the following materials:

  1. Fence panels or wire mesh
  2. Wooden posts
  3. Screws or nails
  4. Wire cutters
  5. Door latch
  6. Hinges (if building a gate)
  7. Roofing materials (optional)
  8. Staple gun and staples
  9. Tools (saw, drill, hammer)

Step 1: Plan and Design

Determine the size and shape of your chicken run based on the available space and the number of chickens you plan to keep. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least 4 square feet of space per chicken. Sketch a plan that includes dimensions, the location of the coop (if separate), and any additional features like a door or roof.

Step 2: Clear and Prepare the Site

Clear the area where you plan to build the chicken run, removing any debris, rocks, or plants. Level the ground as much as possible to ensure a stable foundation.

Step 3: Install Wooden Posts

Set wooden posts at regular intervals along the perimeter of your chicken run. These posts will serve as the framework for attaching the fence panels or wire mesh. Ensure they are securely anchored in the ground.

Framola kit to build your own chicken run

Step 4: Attach the Fence Panels or Wire Mesh

Depending on your preference and budget, you can choose either fence panels or wire mesh. Attach them to the wooden posts using screws or nails. Make sure the fencing material extends into the ground to prevent digging predators from gaining access.

Step 5: Build a Door or Gate

If you want easy access to the chicken run, build a door or gate. Attach hinges to one side of the opening and a latch on the other. Ensure it's secure to keep out predators.

Step 6: Add a Roof (Optional)

To provide protection from rain and aerial predators, you can add a roof to your chicken run. Secure roofing materials such as corrugated metal or polycarbonate sheets over the top of the run.

Step 7: Secure Openings

Use wire mesh to cover any openings, such as windows or gaps in the fencing, to prevent smaller predators like rats from entering.

Step 8: Staple Wire Mesh to the Ground

To deter burrowing predators, staple wire mesh to the ground along the perimeter of the chicken run, extending it outward and burying it a few inches deep.

Chickens eating

Step 9: Add Finishing Touches

Finally, add any finishing touches like perches, nesting boxes, and food and water stations inside the chicken run.

By following these steps, you can create a secure and comfortable environment for your chickens to thrive in your UK garden. Building your own chicken run allows you to customise it to your needs and preferences while ensuring the safety and well-being of your feathered companions.

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