The chicken run that you buy for your flock needs to be an investment piece for several reasons.
Not only will it need to keep your chickens safe and secure when they can’t be watched, but it is likely to be the weakest link when it comes to protecting them from predators (and protecting your plants).
For most owners, the chicken run will attach to the coop. This allows the chickens to come and go as they please, with the door only being closed at night. This means that your chickens could be in danger at any point.
So, spending that bit more should help with better quality wire and build. When choosing the size of an outdoor run, a minimum of around 8 to 10 square feet per chicken is ideal. This is around 0.7 square meters. Larger runs will usually cost a bit more, but it will be worth it for the happiness of your hens.
To get the best run for your chickens, ask yourself how many chickens you have, and where the run will be placed in your garden. Remember they need space and the ability to dig. They also shouldn’t be in direct sunlight or under inclement weather, so the run may have to be moved occasionally.
Runs need good ventilation and lighting. You may also want a cover that can protect them from drizzles or sunlight.
Below are the best ready-made chicken runs you can buy. Some also come with a chicken coop if you are a complete beginner.