Garden Run Building Plans (Complete Series)
Combination of Runs
Basic Coop with Run
Quarter Height Chicken Run
Half Height Chicken Run with Garden Top
Walk-In with Pergola
Chicken Run Roof
Combination of Runs
Garden Top Plants and Pergola Vines
Pergola with Vines
Sample of Plans
Add a secure chicken run to your coop! The Garden Run modular enclosure series lets you create and extend a beautiful, safe outdoor habitat for your backyard flock. Build a single design, or combine them for as much space as you need. This chicken run is not meant to be your chickens' primary shelter. You will still need to attach a coop or hen house.
These detailed plans come as a downloadable 80-page, full-color PDF ebook, written for beginners. Tools and materials, measurements, cuts, techniques, connections, how to build a pop door, sample configurations -- everything's spelled out with step-by-step instructions and dozens of illustrations, pictures, and tips. Both U.S. (feet/inches) and metric (mm) measurements are included. And as with all of our plans, you get email support from the designer should you need it.
There are three core designs included in the plans, plus some extras. Build as designed or use the plans to jump start your own creativity!
Quarter-Height Design - A great place to start! Connects to just about any coop and opens at the top for cleaning. Measures about 5'w x 3'd x 2'h with a footprint of 15 square feet.
Half-Height Design (with garden top) - Features a wide front door and a specially designed permeable rooftop garden bed (not a roof) -- ideal for growing succulents, flowers, or herbs. Measures about 5'w x 3'd x 4-1/2'h with a footprint of 15 square feet.
Walk-In Design (with pergola) - Features a people door for easy entry. Grow vines up the side and over the pergola for beauty, aroma, and shade. Measures about 6'w x 6'd x 7-1/2'h with a footprint of 36 square feet.
Roof (optional) - Designed for the quarter height and half height units (not the walk-in), it gives extra shelter from the rain, snow and sun.
Each unit is built atop a secure foundation to protect your hens from digging pests and predators. Keep in mind, the Garden Run is not intended to be your chickens' primary shelter. You will still need to attach a coop or hen house.
All materials are standard and easy to find. Budget about $100 for the quarter-height design, $200 for the half-height design ($140 if you leave off the garden top), $50-70 for the optional roof, and $260 for the walk-in.
Tools Needed: Circular saw or miter saw, power drill/driver and a few drill bits,
tape measure, level (helpful for larger configurations), pencil, pair
of sawhorses, handsaw (helpful for quick cuts), hammer, combination or
speed square, a couple clamps with a 3" capacity, wire/metal snips for
19-gauge wire or heavier, sandpaper or a power sander, paintbrush, drop
cloth, pneumatic stapler with compressor (optional, but helpful for
larger configurations), ladder (Walk-In module only). For Half-Height
garden-top module you also need a heavy-duty staple gun (optional, for
securing landscape fabric to garden top), scissors for cutting landscape
fabric, and a shovel and wheelbarrow for filling garden top with
Downloading the Plans
On the order confirmation page on the final page of the online checkout process, you will see a link to download the plans. Don't worry if you miss it! We'll also email you a download link separately, valid for 7 days after purchase.
If it turns out these plans aren't right for you, let us know within 30 days and we'll refund you in full.