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The importance of building a chicken run
Chickens do well when they have an area to scratch and peck apart from their nesting zone. General guidance is that each chicken should have at least four square feet of living space in a coop. This assumes that during the day they get to walk around and stretch their little chicken legs outside. Without walking room, the recommended living space increases to ten square feet per bird. That could mean a pretty large coop for a small flock. To avoid building a chicken mega-coop, add a chicken run.
While some chickens let birds roam free around their property, for those of us who live with the threat of predators it's a better idea to give our flock protection when outdoors. A chicken run is a dedicated and protected chicken space outside the coop.