A Cheap, New Run for the Baby Chickens

It may come as no surprise that our baby chickens are no longer babies.  Last weekend I realized that it was time to give them some more space and that meant building a run to attach to the existing coop.

I did a lot of research (ok, maybe I just searched Pinterest) and decided that I didn’t want to do anything elaborate.  Number one – I’m not really capable of doing “elaborate” construction.  Number two – my husband, who IS capable of doing elaborate construction, has a lot on his plate at all times and I didn’t want to give him any more projects to work on.  So, I used my imagination and I think it paid off.

If you recall from a recent post, I think masonry ladders are pretty nifty and they can easily be used in the garden.  I used this same concept and applied it to the chickens and the construction of their run.

Here’s a quick DIY for you.

1 roll of chicken wire from Home Depot
3 masonry ladders
wire cutters
circular saw


Place your masonry ladders so they form a short tunnel on one end the existing coop (a chunnel if you will – chicken+tunnel=chunnel).

Cover the tunnel with chicken wire and use wire to secure it to the masonry ladders.

Use a circular saw to cut a 10×10 hole in the side of the coop (we saved the wood to make a close-able door if necessary).

Using the remaining chicken wire, create a flap-style door at the end of the tunnel.  (This is tricky and came out a little messy.  It will definitely work, but I think we might need to come up with a different solution in the long run.)

This project was seriously so cheap and easy.  The chickens love it and happily hop from one “room” to the other.  It makes me feel so much better that they have more space to spread out and scratch.

What do you think?

**Note** Some of you are going to think I am CRAZY, but rest assured, we don’t have a lot of predators in downtown Phoenix that can get at our chickens.  The worst that we encounter are stray cats and they can’t get into this run.

Oh and, you can put babies in it, too.


Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens: 3rd Edition (Storey’s Guide to Raising Series) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603424709/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1603424709&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20

Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580176275/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1580176275&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20

Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603429808/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1603429808&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20

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  • 7 thoughts on “A Cheap, New Run for the Baby Chickens

    1. Theresa

      Looks like a great chicken run. I just found your site today, and now it seems I’m a bit homesick. I’m from Phoenix,and had chickens and garden before we moved to Arkansas. I have a garden here, but I had to learn a different way to garden in this climate. All I ever new was the desert. I look forward to you posts. Thank you for sharing!

    2. nancy

      I live in the city in Boise, and I would still be concerned about predators. I use hardware cloth on our coop and it’s much heavier, but still easy to install. I would also add some shade cloth to the top if even part of it would be in full sun, another waterer and perch too. Concrete blocks hold a lot of heat…
      Nancy@Little Homestead in Boise

      1. Colleen

        Thanks for all the input Nancy! What predators would you be concerned with specifically? I really can’t think of one thing, other than neighborhood cats, that would go after them. We really don’t have many predators. Perhaps I am over looking something?

    3. Lynda

      Just found your website. I also live in Phoenix (in an apartment unfortunately). I was wondering if you sell any of your eggs. I would love to be able to buy local, farm fresh eggs from a trusted source. Thanks.

      1. Colleen

        Hi Lynda! At this time, I do not sell my eggs. My girls just don’t lay enough right now to give me a surplus.


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