Making a Chook House a Home

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 17 July 2020

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Hello chicken keepers!

Don’t forget chooks can fly! Check out this regal phoenix rooster's moves!

While I’m all about the free-range lifestyle, it’s important to have a safe space for your girls to roam: if you can’t secure your yard from predators, you’re better off keeping them in an enclosed chicken run, rather than risking it! Here's a couple of examples of what Backyard Chicken Coop's Keepers have done with their chicken runs.

chickens in the mansion coop run

Bruce and Bindy Marshall have laid turf for their girls to enjoy on their rotation through their 4 Mansion Runs  :)

chicken coop run landscaping

Rebecca Dark has added natural stone and weathered logs to her Penthouse run :)

A chicken run should be fun! Here’s how you can keep your chooks comfortable:

  1. By giving them plenty of distractions with these handy boredom busters.
  2. By planting some lovely plants for them to nibble on. As a bonus - they look great!
  3. By shading them from the harsh summer sun.

garden feature chicken coop run

If you have a creative streak, why not turn your chicken run into a garden feature? I just love having herbs and flowers around my chicken run, and they look just as good as they smell!

From runs to perches, finding the best coop to keep your flock happy and safe is a daunting task with so many options. To build or to buy? Do you know how many nesting boxes & perches you need? Do you know how much space you need & why? Choosing the perfect coop requires the right knowledge and equipment. You don't want to have all the gear and no idea!

Cluckily for us, our friends at Chickenpedia have created a Coop Sweet Coop course filled with advice and information to help your search. Find out all the options when buying or building a new coop including the best materials, sizes and locations. This extensive course will give you the confidence to make the right decision on a suitable and safe home for your feathered friends. This is why I recommend Chickenpedia to all my readers!

Click here to check out their beginner-friendly courses today!

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra x