Chicken coop update May 14 2012

As part of our long term preps, my wife and I decided to get some chickens and build a chicken coop.  We bought our first chicks on February 25.  Over the next week and a half we ended up with 13 chicks.

Instead of trying to stockpile #10 cans of freeze dried eggs, why not have a supply of fresh eggs?  Nutrition wise, fresh eggs are a lot better then freeze dried eggs loaded with sodium.

Chicken coop with run

On the weekend of March 17 the first half of the chicken coop was built.

On the weekend of April 7 the second half of the chicken coop was built.
The chickens are starting to get cramped in their coop and area below the coop, so its time to build a run.  The run will provide a the chickens with room to get our from under the coop.

Bill of Material

Enough 1/2 inch UV resistant PCV pipes to be evenly spaced along the length of the run

  • 1 box – 1 5/8 long exterior screws
  • 1 box – 2 inch long exterior screws
  • 1 box – 3 inch long exterior screws
  • 1 box – 3/4 inch long galvanized staples
  • Skil saw
  • Drill
  • 2 – treated 2x4s the length you want the run
  • 3 – treated 2x4s the width you want the run
  • 1 – treated 2×4 8 feet long, this is for brace material
  • 1 – bag of cable ties

Build the frame with the 3 inch long screws.

Put a 2×4 in the middle of the frame.

Square the frame by measuring corner.

When you have the frame square by measuring corner to corner diagonally, cut a couple of braces about 2 feet long, cut the corners of the braces at 45 degree angles.

Chicken coop run with pvc pipe

Put the braces on the middle 2×4 and secure with 3 inch long screws.

Lets not put the braces on the corners where you are going to put the PVC hoops. The braces will get in the way of installing the hoops.

Measure off the length of the run for how many hoops you plan on installing.  Lets say that you have a run 12 feet long, then buy 7 PVC pipes and space then 2 feet apart.  I bought 6 pipes for my 12 long run and ended up being 1 pipe short.  So do not forget to count the end piece.

Securing the PVC pipes, aka hoops

PVC chicken coop run

Have someone hold the pole on the mark you made on the long section of the run. Install the galvanized 1/2 pipe clamp with 1 5/8 long screws. I put the clamp about 3/4 inch below the top edge of the board.

About 1 inch from the bottom of the pipe, run a 2 inch long screw through the pipe and into the board.

Have the person helping you gently bend the pipe over to the other side of the run and hold it on the mark on the other 2×4.

Make sure the pipe is touching the full length of the board, then secure.

Now we are ready to install the wire

When I built my run, I ran the wire length ways.  Let the wire hang over the end of the pipe a little bit, hold the edge of the wire off the ground a little bit, secure the wire to the board with galvanized staple.

Move down the run a couple of feet, secure the wire to the board with another staple,,, repeat the length of the run.

CAUTION – While securing the wire to the end hoop, make sure the hoop is not leaning to one side or the other.

If possible, maybe secure the end hoop to the coop before the wire is installed.

From there its a matter of working the slack out of the wire to best you can.

Use the cable ties to hold the wire to the PVC pipes.