DIY Collapsible Chicken Run in 8 Easy Steps

Collapsible Chicken Run

Chicken runs are as important as chicken coops for a few reasons. First, they provide a space for chickens to move around and exercise. This is important for their physical health and well-being. Second, chicken runs let chickens forage for food.

This is important for their mental health and well-being, as it provides them with stimulation and a sense of purpose. Finally, chicken runs help to protect chickens from potential risks. This is important for their safety and security.

But, would you like a chicken run or pen that you can ‘store’ when you don’t need it? Why not build a collapsible chicken run? Any chicken farmer would benefit greatly from a collapsible chicken run.

Not only does it give your chickens a chill spot to hang and flex their feathers, but it’s also easy to store when you’re done. Perfect for farmers who don’t have a ton of land to spare for a big old coop.

Collapsible Chicken Run

Despite having a few hinged components, this is a simple DIY. The hinges are the secret to its compact storage size. Be cautious when measuring and installing the hinges; if they are not properly installed, the chicken run will not function as intended. Anyone with a little patience and attention to detail may execute this project effectively.

It’s lightweight and compact when folded – perfect to keep your backyard clear when you don’t need it! There are no complicated measurements needed to make sure everything fits perfectly in order to fold properly.

It simply works like an accordion where the sides do not overlap when fully collapsed. All you need to keep in mind is to have your hinges installed in the right orientation so that the ‘panels’ will fold, well, in the right direction. 🙂

Unovivy Large Metal Chicken Coop Run, Walk-in Poultry Cage Heavy Duty Chicken Runs

These chicken coops are versatile as heck. You can rock them with or without a lid, depending on your mood. And if you feel like just using the lid, go ahead; it’s all good. They are ideal for small-scale farmers who want to be able to adapt their chicken runs to changing needs due to their versatility.

Just by looking at the photos, one can already figure out how simple this collapsible chicken run works and how easy it is to build!

Do you need a collapsible chicken run in your backyard?

You can build your own folding chicken run with simple materials and a little elbow work. This project is ideal for individuals who wish to maintain a few chickens in their backyard but don’t want to invest in permanent construction. A collapsible chicken run can also be readily transported if you need to relocate your flock.

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How to Make a Collapsible Chicken Run

In this guide, unveil the secrets to creating a versatile and space-efficient solution for your feathered friends: a collapsible chicken run.

Whether you want to give your chickens more access to fresh fodder or you need a portable solution for outdoor adventures, you will learn how to make a collapsible chicken run that is both useful and easy to store. Prepare to have your experience transformed by this creative DIY coop idea!


  • 2×4 Timber
  • Hardware Cloth
  • Hinges
  • Latches
  • Paint/Stain
  • Wood Screws


  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill
  • Staple Gun
  • Wire Cutter

To get started, you’ll need to get the materials needed. Then start with making the collapsible frame with the use of timber, latches and hinges. You can use wood screws to attach them together. Check out the pictures for your reference.

Portable Chicken Run Hen Coop,Walk-in Poultry House


Creating a collapsible chicken run is a practical way to give your chickens access to fresh forage while keeping them safe. Here are the steps to make one using the materials and tools listed:

Step 1: Plan Your Design

Begin by determining the size and shape of your collapsible chicken run. Measure the available space in your backyard or garden. Decide on the dimensions that will suit your flock and the area. Sketch a rough design on paper.

Step 2: Cut and Prepare the Timber

Using the 2×4 timber, cut the pieces needed to create the frame for your chicken run. You’ll need four corner posts and several horizontal beams to create the framework.

Step 3: Assemble the Frame

Assemble the timber pieces to create the frame of the chicken run. Use wood screws to secure the corners and beams together. Ensure that the frame is sturdy.

Step 4: Attach the Hardware Cloth

Stretch the hardware cloth (wire mesh) over the frame, ensuring it covers all sides of the run. Use a staple gun to secure the hardware cloth to the frame. Make sure there are no gaps or loose edges.

Step 5: Add Hinges and Latches

Attach hinges to one side of the frame and the corresponding side of the run. This will serve as the collapsible portion of your chicken run. Attach latches to the opposite sides to secure the run when it’s in the upright position.

Step 6: Paint or Stain

If desired, paint or stain the timber frame to protect it from the elements and give it a finished appearance. Ensure you use non-toxic paint or stain, as chickens may peck at the wood.

Step 7: Test and Deploy

Before introducing your chickens to the run, test the collapsible feature. Fold the run down to make it compact for storage or transportation. When you’re ready to use it, simply unfold it and secure it in the upright position using the latches.

Step 8: Secure the Run

Place the collapsible chicken run in your desired location and secure it to the ground using stakes or anchors to prevent it from tipping over or being moved by strong winds.

Now, you have a versatile and collapsible chicken run that you conveniently fold and store, making it a practical addition to your poultry setup.

Thanks to Sofarabbit at Backyard Chickens for sharing ideas on how to make a collapsible chicken run.

On-the-Go Chicken Fun

With just a few simple steps, you can create a sturdy and portable chicken run that is perfect for your backyard. First, gather your materials. Timber, hinges, latches, wood screws, and hardware cloth are required. It’s time to go to work after you have everything you need! Simply put together the frame using wood screws, add the hardware cloth, and secure everything with hinges and latches.

And voila! You have a collapsible chicken run that can be easily moved and stored when not in use. So why wait? Get your DIY on and give your chickens the safe and secure home they would love!



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