Chicken run project, 2020

One of our plans for 2020 was to add chickens to the garden. (The COVID pandemic turned out to be a nice coincidence because we could focus on these projects.) We knew we wanted a very large chicken run connected to a coop made from a shed kit. We started with 27 chicks; three of each breed.

Rhode Island Red, Blue Andalusian, Silver Laced Wyandotte & Olive Egger chicks. July 3, 2020
New Hampshire Red, Golden Sex Link, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock & Black Australorp chicks. June 21, 2020
March 6, 2020

I decided to enclose the orange trees so the chickens would have some shade. They can’t (shouldn’t) eat the oranges, but they will probably enjoy eating the blossoms. These trees weren’t in great shape when I started building the run. But each time I mix concrete, I water the trees and now they are looking pretty healthy.

May 26, 2020
June 7, 2020
September 20, 2020

This is basically the finished product. Our chicken run is 25′ x 15′. We used redwood posts and rails and then coated them with food-grade mineral oil.