by John B
I made this 10’ wide X 10’ X 5’ tall Chicken run for under 100 bucks and it has worked fantastically.
What you will need
- 1” elbows 20
- 1“ T’s – 14
- 1” PVC pipe 12 – 10’ sections
- Bird netting (cheap plastic garden netting)
- Bag of zip ties
- Chicken wire of your choice, you will need at least 50 feet if you can find 5’ tall chicken wire. I took 3’ tall chicken wire and overlapped it in the middle by 1’ and zip tied it in the middle to make it 5’ tall.
This is very easy to build and pretty self-explanatory until you get to the door. Basically, you lay out 2 10’ sections of PVC, a top bar and a bottom bar. Take another 10’ section and cut it in half to make the sides. Now connect using an elbow to form a large rectangle. You now have one side of your run (at 5’ I put a “T” in the top and bottom then ran a pole vertical to strengthen it). You simply repeat this 3 more times until you have enough sides to make a large box.
Once you have your sides built, lay them flat on the ground and roll your chicken wire over the top of the sides covering from the bottom pole to the top pole, from side to side. Line up one corner of the chicken wire with one corner of the PVC frame. Zip tie it in place, working evenly and keeping the fence straight. DO NOT PULL THE ZIP TIES tight yet, you will want to adjust the fence and cut the excess off. Once you have the fence in place and where you want it (and zip tied down).
Get a friend to help you hold a section up, then take another section and join them together at 90 degrees forming a large “L”. repeat that process again then join the two “L’s” together using large Zip ties or you can do like I did, I simply drilled a hole through both sections and bolted them together.
The only tricky part was the door. I made the door the same way I made the sides only smaller. I then picked where I wanted the door, cut a section out slightly larger than the door. I put a couple of elbows in and a vertical pole to attach the gate too I then placed hinges on the PVC door and attached those hinges to the fence frame.
You do not have to make a door, you could simply leave one end of the fence open that you can untie and walk through eliminating the door altogether. So what you would have is a box that is fenced in all the way around except one corner for you to get in and out of.
I put bird netting over the top to keep predators from coming in and pest from eating their food. I also took the excess chicken wire and slid it under all sides, I then attached it to the sides creating a floor about 2’ in. The reason for that is so that anything that tried to dig its way in, would have to either dig through the chicken fence on the ground or, dig around it. Neither has happened.
I have had my Chicken run for two years now and nothing has gotten to my birds, and the construction has not failed. I painted it because I did not like the white color sticking out like a soar thumb, but I wish now I had left it alone.
Hope you like the Chicken run, it was easy and fun to make and has worked very well. Not to mention 2 people can pick it up and move it anyplace in the yard with very little effort.