This beautiful, breezy weather has me daydreaming about laying around the homestead, watching my flock of ladies peck the ground in the warm sunshine. Although this isn’t a reality yet, I am hoping it will be soon!
Neil and I have been hard at work on our chicken run, since our coop is set to be delivered in two weeks. We both knew we wanted a practical, but cute (ok more me than him) chicken run. With his police training in mind, he set to work on a Fort Knox idea for our run. Since we are new to the Little Rock House, we were unsure of what predators were in the area. Our neighbor has a large flock of chickens who free range most of the time, and besides the threat of the local dogs that roam around, seem to be doing well.
We wanted a large run to ensure that they had plenty of room, since free ranging will be limited-and they are definitely getting it. After measuring, we figured out that the chicken run is larger than our bedroom-lucky chickens!
We shopped around at quite a few stores looking for options for the run. With money being tight right now, we definitely wanted to build the run as frugally as we could. I am so thankful we found a company that accepts a monthly payment for the chicken coop, so we didn’t have to put it on a credit card or pay up front.
We ended up in Home Depot and found landscape timbers that were only a few dollars a piece. Despite the fact they state “not intended for structural support” we plan on using them anyway-rules are meant to be broken right?
After clearing away extra branches and debris, we could start to visualize the chicken palace.
We then set up the landscape timbers by burying them a few feet for support. We wanted to have a walk in run so we wouldn’t have to constantly crouch down if we needed to be in the run.
Thankfully Neil did the digging-a post hole digger is an awesome tool- and I shoveled the dirt back in and hauled the timbers over. After only a few hours we had the outside structure laid out.
Instead of digging the chicken wire into the ground, we went for a different approach. We laid out 2 feet of chicken wire at the bottom of each wall and will cover it with dirt. This helps protect the girls from predators that try to dig their way in. I’ve always heard this is a threat, but have luckily never experienced this-has anyone else?
After a few days work, we have the beginnings of our fabulous chicken palace. We still have a ways to go, we are adding in a roof, decorations and an old farm door, but I am so excited for what we have done so far.
What do ya’ll think? Have you started on your chicken coops yet?
Until next time…