How to Build a Chicken Run

Below you will find a step by step guide on how to build a chicken run for your existing chicken coop. how-to-build-a-chicken-run-finished-project


  • Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 days
  • Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Shovel, Hammer, Wire Cutters, Saw, Nails / Screws
  • Materials Required: Chicken wire, Staples / Cable ties, Shade netting (optional), Wooden Planks, Wooden Fence Posts

STEP 1) Plan for Size


  • Making a chicken run is quite a big project and it starts with planning the structure thoroughly.
  • Plan the enclosure with a minimum size of 1 square meter per chicken.
  • It will have to be attached to the coop so make sure to plan it around the chicken coop itself.


STEP 2) Position the Posts


  • Dig holes for your fence posts at even distances of about 2-2.5 meters at the perimeter of the area. 
  • Two posts should be closer together where the gate will be placed later.
  • Hammer the posts at least 30 centimeters deep into the ground.


STEP 3) Attach the Chicken Wire


  • Attach the chicken wire to the posts using staples about every 15 centimeters. 
  • Ensure that the mesh is securely stapled to the posts, allowing a little room for movement upon impact or temperature changes.
  • Attach the chicken wire to the sides of the coop as well.


STEP 4) Add the Gate


  • You can build a sturdy frame and attach the wire to the frame using staples.
  • Hang the gate with three gate hinges of your choice.
  • Attach a latch on the outside of the gate. You should cut a hole beside the latch in order to reach it from the inside as well.


STEP 5) Build the Top Frame


  • Build a support frame for the roof.
  • Use a saw to cut the wooden planks to size – you will need at least four but could be more depending on the size of your run.
  • Join the planks together with nails and/or screws.


STEP 6) Attach the Wire to the Top


  • Staple the wire netting to the top of the frame, at approx. 15cm distances.
  • Make sure to staple along every wooden element, such as any support planks you may have in the middle.


STEP 7) Cover the Top


  • If there isn’t any natural shade around the run, it’s compulsory to add a layer of shade netting to a section at the top of the enclosure.
  • Attach it to the mesh with cable ties or to the frame with staples.
  • Make sure that you haven’t covered the whole run.


STEP 8) Attach the Roof to the Run


  • Fix the frame to the posts and the coop itself with nails and/or screws.
  • That’s it – your easy DIY chicken run is complete.
  • You can now let your poultry roam around in it. 🙂



  • When building a chicken run, you can use gravel or concrete to set the posts in the soil.
  • For additional security, dig a trench around the perimeter and sink the fencing down a few centimeters.
  • If you can find a pre-made gate that matches your project, you can just attach it according to its design.

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Timi K

Timi K. is an illustrator and a genuine animal lover, and she couldn't hide it if she tried: she likes to offer fencing solutions especially for animal and pet related issues.

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