We have tried several different ways to create a chicken run off of our coop. None has been entirely successful until we created our DIY Palette Chicken Run. It isn’t glamorous (we plan to paint it soon), but it works! And that is what matters on a homestead.
DIY Palette Chicken Run
Depending on how many palettes you can get your hands on, you can make this DIY Palette Chicken Run as large as you wish. Depending on the size of your coop and number in your flock. We found that for our six gals and medium-sized coop, seven palettes worked for us.
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Make sure to purchase large enough hinges and a lock for the palette that you will use for the gate. Don’t run palettes without a gate opening unless you have another entrance. Remember that you need to be able to access it to clean.
The rest of the building is easy. Attach the first palettes to the coop. Ensure there are no easy openings for your chickens to get out or hurt from. Screw or nail them in together from the sides. Ensure you use longer screws or nails to ensure you get through the wood.
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For your palette gate, add hinges to the top and bottom of one side. Ensure your lock is placed properly to close and shut the gate. Your palettes should line up well unless they are terribly damaged. The palettes don’t have to be perfect, but I wouldn’t use any that have the end of nails sticking out, missing planks, etc.
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If you want to place chicken wire over the top, that wouldn’t be a bad idea either. I need to access our run easily, so we have not done that yet. We might be creating a dome of chicken wire cover for added protection. So far, we’ve been blessed with no predator attacks. I think due to motion lighting and keeping the coop closer to our home.
Just like that, you have a DIY Palette Chicken Run. You can dress it up and make it pretty; if you like. Leave the rustic look too. Up to you. It is a great way to help keep your flock safe and happier with a bigger area to roam. Inexpensive and under an hour to put together. Time and money means everything on a homestead.