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Old 05-10-2012, 12:11 PM
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Has anyone made a run off of their chicken coop with PVC pipe?

The coop has been built, the bottom has been fenced in, now I need a way for the chickens to get out from under the coop.

A buddy of mine suggested using PVC pipe instead of treated 2x4s.
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I would stick with treated wood for strength and durability.

update: I'm attaching the wood I'm using. I partly chose the thick wood to attach a gate so the chicks can free range. It was more expensive than pvc/ 2X4s but will last a very long time. I've added a picture of the outside coop to give perspective to how thick the wood is. They are buried 2 feet in the ground.
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I would stick with treated wood for strength and durability.
True, there are some advantages treated lumber has over wood.

I am thinking about coming off the side of the coop with a run 4 feet wide, and about 8 feet long.

4 feet x 8 feet may not be much, but it will let the chickens get out from under the coop.
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I think it depends on whether you want to be able to move it around or keep it stationary. I thought pvc may be a nice idea, but may be too lightweight and allow critters to get under it too easily. If it's for a moveable run, perhaps using some stakes to hold it to the ground might help. Critters still dig under whether it's wood or pvc.
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I think it depends on whether you want to be able to move it around or keep it stationary.
I would like to be able to move the run around the yard.
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I built one this weekend. I used 1/2 " pvc because that's the only size fittings I could find for the "corners". It's 4x8x4 with a 2x2 corner removed so I can access the door to the coop. I used small stakes to hold it on the ground, but I'm going to need something stronger in the long run. I only have two hens so hopefully this will be plenty of room for them.
I'll post a pic asap.
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Found a picture on the net where someone used 2x4 boards to make a base of the run, then used pvc pipe to make the arch.

Think I might build one like that this weekend.

This would have the best of both worlds, 2x4 base so the run can be moved, and the pvc pipe arch to attach the wire to.
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PVC gets brittle from the sun. Maybe substitute some of that black water pipe. Tougher stuff anyway.
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This website sells UV-resistant PVC (lasts longer in the weather) and all the hard-to-find fittings for building structures out of PVC pipe:
http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/pvc.shtml
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We made around two dozen 4'X8' rectangles of PVC and strung them with chicken-wire. As loose panels we used twine to lash them into chicken tractors. With around a dozen you can form a good tractor. Then you can setup a second group next to the first and by removing only one shift them all from one area to the next.

We were able to leap-frog these each week in a line going through a heavy weed area. Each time the chickens stripped it down to bare dirt.

I liked it, as each panel is very lightweight and easy to move.

Our ground is very rutted. Once the hens strip the weeds down to bare soil, they find each hole and would get loose.

Come winter we tried to double them up and use them as an outdoor run attached to a coop. It collapsed under snow.

In the second year the PVC all became brittle, pipes began snapping.

We quit using them.
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Use the PVC conduit. It is UV resistant and not too expensive. Regular PVC will get brittle and break down much more quickly. I've used the conduit to frame a greenhouse with good results.
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I Made my Chicken run 6 foot by 8 foot. and it just has the .99 cent Treated 2x2s put together with construction adhesive and 4 inch galvanized screws. To Attach the run to the main chicken house frame, I Just made a chicken wire funnel with a wood frame that i can slide a little plywood door in and out to close it off when needed. The run doubles as a chicken tractor also.


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Keep the suggestions coming.

This is what I have come up with so far:

3 - 2x4x6 feet long, treated. 1 board for each end and one board in the middle for a perch.

2 - 2x6x12 feet long, treated. These will be the runners. The ends will be cut at an angle, with the 2x4s being about 3 inches off the ground.

UV resistant PVC pipe 10 feet long, which should give an arch 3 feet tall.
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