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HOW TO: Build a Chicken Run

How to Build a Chicken Run

At Suregreen, we understand that building a chicken run from scratch can seem a lengthy task. 
That's why we've put together our top tips and must haves when building a chicken run to help you along the way.

How to Build a Chicken Run

At Suregreen, we understand that building a chicken run from scratch can seem a lengthy task. That's why we've put together our top tips and must haves when building a chicken run to help you along the way.

What is the difference between a chicken coop and a chicken run?
The chicken coop is the indoor space where the chickens sleep and lay their eggs. The chicken run is an enclosed outdoor space where they can move around, forage and bathe. It is therefore recommended that you provide both a chicken coop and a chicken run to keep your chickens healthy and happy.

What wire is best for chicken runs?
Galvanised or PVC-coated chicken wire is the best wire for keeping your chickens in their coop and run. For protection against predators such as foxes, we would advise using welded wire panels and/or electric fencing in addition to chicken wire.

What materials do I need to build a chicken run?
Galvanised Chicken Wire or PVC-Coated Chicken Wire
Wooden Fence Posts
Softwood Chicken Chips
Screws and Hinges
Steel Fencing U-Pins

Which tools should I use to build a chicken run?
• Hammer
• Level
• Ruler
• Screwdriver
Pliers
Spade

What are the must haves when building a chicken run?
✓ Good ventilation but draft free
✓ Protection from the elements
✓ Easy to clean and sanitise
✓ Good drainage
✓ Keeps chickens in and predators out
✓ Sufficient space for happy hens

Can predators get through chicken wire?
If you keep chickens, you are likely to encounter foxes and, therefore, will need a predator proof chicken run. To prevent these animals from gaining unwanted entry, bury the wire underground (we recommend digging a foot deep for extra security) and anchor using our Heavy Duty Ground Pegs.

How to fox proof a chicken run?
For optimum deterrence, we recommend using an electric fence. Our FORTIS Electric Fencing range contains everything you need to create a secure, effective fox proof chicken run. We supply energisers, insulators, conductors and electric fencing posts, as well as the necessary accessories to help you construct and secure your fence including drill chucks for insulators, multipurpose tools for snipping and hammering, connectors and gate handles.

What should I put down in my chicken run?
Softwood chicken chips are perfect for use as a bedding for chicken coops and runs as they provide a long-lasting, natural surface that provide warmth and are FSC certified.

Can chickens stay in the run all day?
We would not recommend leaving your chickens in the run all day, everyday. Like all flocks, they will need a coop to sleep in at night. However, you can leave chickens in the run during the day if they have access to food and water.

How many chickens can you fit inside a chicken coop and run?
We would recommend around 4 square feet per chicken in the coop and around 10 square feet per chicken in the run. If you don't have an outside run, the number of chickens you keep should be far fewer. For example:
- For a chicken coop that is 10x10ft, we would suggest around 20-25 chickens.
- For a chicken coop that is 4x8ft, we would suggest around 8-10 chickens.

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