Back in February, we started assembly on our hen house. Robb designed the structure, and had planned every part of the construction. His goal was to use as much reclaimed lumber as possible, and most of the coop is made of one hundred year old redwood, left over from re-siding our house after the idiot contractors ruined our original old-growth hardwood siding (without our permission).
The cats were very helpful, offering loads of supervision.
This is how things looked in March. We were not on a very swift building schedule.
Here's a view of the coop in the context of our little garden. When we build the "run" it will go between the hen house and out wood rack. The chickens will have safe, permanent access to the outdoors.
Here's how things look, right now. Our teenaged chickens have moved out of the brooder, and are spending their nights inside of the hen house.
Robb is such a great builder. He has fabricated every part of this charming structure. I explained glass-cutting to him, and he made the windows, using the antique glass that the idiot contractors left in the back yard. He built the doors from scratch. He has done most of the painting. I couldn't be more delighted.
Isn't this adorable? Our chickens live in a clucking palace.
~Traveling Garden Gnome
You mention a chicken run. I dont know if that is to protect the chickens from predators, or to protect the garden from foraging chickens. If the latter, here is a beautiful book for inspiration.
Free-range chicken gardens : how to create a beautiful, chicken-friendly yard Jessi Bloom ; with photographs by Kate Baldwin. : Bloom, Jessi.; BOOK 2012