For many chicken keepers, the run can be something of a compromise. Space, especially for those keeping hens in an urban environment, is one of the most obvious constraints. Be realistic about the suitability of the area you have for keeping chickens. Runs need to be appropriately sized for the type and number of birds, as well as large enough to withstand the wear and tear caused by the birds’ daily activity.

Chickens will happily utilize as much space as you’re prepared to give them, and in most residential backyards, this tends to be at a premium. Other yard users need to be considered, too: not everyone in the family ...

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