Good Chicken Runs are extremely important if you want to keep your chickens safe during the day when they are outside. Depending where you live, there are many predators that enjoy nothing more than a nice chicken dinner. Where I live we have to keep an eye out for coyotes which have now become so used to people and living near urban areas that our pets and hens have become a prime target. We also get raccoons in our backyard and hawks neither of which are adverse to trying to get a chicken either. If you live in the United Kingdom then it is possible that foxes are your biggest worry. Other than wild animals, keeping your chickens safe from the local cats and dogs is also something that you really should consider.  

While many Portable Chicken Coops come with chicken runs attached, many hen houses do not. It is however possible to purchase pre-built chicken pens some of which can be attached to a hen house or placed somewhere where you can easily put or entice your chickens inside. The smaller chicken pens that best suit the backyard chicken farmer are ones which are portable, so that you can give your birds a new feeding area every two or three days. 

If building chicken runs is not something that appeals to you, it is of course possible to buy them online. There are several different sizes and models which although they require some assembly, save you the bother of doing everything from scratch. The only drawback is that most of them have to be attached to a coop or hen house, which is specifically designed for that run. The one exception that I could find is the A Frame Run Alexandria Chicken Coops. If you decide to order this model by itself without the coop please specify when ordering.


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The Alexandria A Frame Chicken Run can be ordered as a stand alone chicken run. It is necessary to specify that you want only the run and not the Alexandria House Chicken Coop. If you decide to order both then the run is designed to be easily fitted to the house. This run comes in two sizes a 6 foot run and a 9 foot run. The hen house that partners with this particular run is the Alexandria House Chicken Coop. 

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Unfortunately there  is not a lot of choice when it come to buying pre-fabricated chicken runs in North America. The other ones that I have sourced are open at one end and can be attached to specific chicken coops. The smallest of these particular runs is the Ware Chick-N-Pen. This particular run measures 3ft. 4in. L x 5ft. W x 3ft. H. It is designed to fit the Ware Chick-N-Hutch.


Ware chicken yard

 

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The Chick-N-Yard by Ware manufacturing is another chicken run that will add to the living space you provide for your chickens. This pen when assembled measures 3ft. 9in. x 3ft. 9in. x 3ft. 3in. H. The yard is designed to attach to the Chick-N-Barn which you can see above. The pen has side and end doors, is made of solid wood and has a non toxic red stain. 

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