Chicken pens, also known as a chicken runs, fenced-in area, usually your backyard chicken coop over your back lawn, where your laying hens are able to run loose in your portable chicken run and find natural food for chickens worms, bugs and minerals in the dirt of your chicken runs and coops.
Chicken pen are usually enclosed within strong, rodent resistant, high chicken wire in your chicken run plans and chicken run designs.
Considering how to build a chicken run it is good chicken pen plans/designs to attached the hen houses to the chicken runs so that your chickens can move in and out of their chicken housing at will.
When building a chicken run consider the following questions before beginning with your chicken pen plans/designs.
How much space do you have?
How many chickens will you have?
What breed of chicken do you want?
How much have you budgeted for your chicken coop?
Chicken Pens and Building a Chicken Run
Your chicken pen plans/designs must include a chicken runs. Chicken run plans and chicken run designs must meet the needs of your hen houses laying hens.
Building a chicken coop include in your chicken coop house designs quality wood. Building a chicken coop with scraps, bits and bobs of wood around the house provides opportunity for cats, dogs, foxes, weasels, muskrats, raccoons, rats, coyotes, hawks, falcons, cougars, mountain lions and other varmint to enter your chicken huts and ravage your flock. Seal off all holes in you chicken hutch with wood or chicken wire.
Chicken coop plans must include consideration for bad weather. Consider insulating your chicken coops against freezing cold and winds. Your chicken coop house designs must include plastic insulation in your hen houses against rain, sleet and snow.
You may consider in your chicken run plans wrapping your chicken pens or a portion of your chicken pens, in strong plastic for the winter. This allows your chickens some access to your chicken runs in inclement weather.
Whether you are building a chicken coop that is permanent, a portable chicken pen, building a chicken run or a new hen houses, it is best to consider your neighbors and neighborhood. Well-planned chicken runs and coops add value to your property and maintain happy neighbors.
Consider your backyard chicken coop and how your chicken house plans compliment your home and neighborhood. When considering your chicken house plans, match the hen houses to the siding and/or paint to your home.
Your chicken coop ideas might include matching your chicken huts to the bricks on your home with paint and imagination. A frame chicken coop may be trimmed with wood to match your house. Chicken pens and chicken run designs should have post to match the hen houses.
Part of your DYI chicken coop plans for your chicken house plans and chicken coops and runs and chicken cages may be to camouflage you chicken housing using hedges, and proper size bushes. Your chicken coop ideas must avoid surrounding your chicken coops and runs with foliage that will invade and destroy your small chicken coop or large chicken coops.
With chicken coops, a chicken hutch, chicken pens and chicken houses and runs comes chicken manure and smell. Whether your food for chickens is organic chicken food, or regular proven chickens food always read the chicken food ingredients on the packaging.
Hen houses must provide the laying hen with security and comfort in the form of bedding. Chicken housing must include food and water and perches.