Why You Need a Chicken Run
Some people have space to keep chickens free range, but for most urban farmers, your chickens will need a coop and a run. While you can build a run, when you add up the expense for materials—and your time—we hope you'll agree that the runs available through Smart Chicken Coops make great choices for you and your chickens.
Backyard farmers appreciate the fact that having a run allows you to keep your chickens in a smaller coop. When your chickens have access to a run during the day which allows each bird ten square feet, you only need four square feet per bird in your coop.
A run keeps chickens safe from predators while allowing them room to move. Even neighborhood dogs and cats can prey on backyard chickens. A run also prevents chickens from damaging your lawn, garden beds, or other parts of your yard that you don't want scratched up.
Smart Chicken Coops recommends mobile enclosures which allow you to move the chicken run, giving chickens access to specific areas where you want their help with clearing beds at the end of the growing season, or keeping the weeds down. Chickens will also help eliminate slugs!