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Best Chicken Runs for 2020

The chicken run you buy needs to be an investment piece for several reasons.

Not only will it keep your chickens safe and secure, but it is likely to be the weakest link when it comes to protecting them from predators (and protecting your plants). So, spending that bit more should help with better quality wire and build.

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.

Below are the best ready-made chicken runs you can buy, and some also come with a chicken coop if you want something ready to go.

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    Our Top Picks

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    Omlet Walk In Chicken Run
    • Can customise with a porch/cover
    • Can also buy a partition to separate chickens
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    LZQ Chicken Run Coop
    • Strong galvanised steel
    • Choice of size
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    Pets Imperial Savoy Large Chicken Coop With Run
    • Suitable for multiple small chickens
    • Generous nest box
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    The Top 4 Chicken Runs Reviewed

    1.
    Omlet Walk In Chicken Run

    Omlet changed the game when it came to keeping chickens. Their all-in-one plastic coops meant that even those of us in towns with a small garden could keep feathered friends, and this run is no different.

    It is walk-in, so easy for you to maintain. It is also fox-proof as standard, so you don’t have to stress making it into something a bit more substantial. If you have an Omlet chicken run, it works alongside it, so they can go from roost to roam, whenever they want.

    You can also connect it to wooden outdoor coops with ease, or if you buy the larger sizes, you can leave your coop within the run so they have an all-in-one home.

    Another great thing about this chicken run is that you can preconfigure your own size. It starts off at W2.2 x H1.15  x L2.2m, but you can go up to 2.05m height (which makes it walk-in), 7.2m length and 2.7m width. Just in case you want your chicken’s house to be as good as yours.

    The green colour will blend into your garden seamlessly, and the door lock works from both sides while being incredibly strong and secure. A stable door will also come in handy when you go to feed them but don’t want them running past your ankles.

    Features

    • Can customise with a porch/cover
    • Can also buy a partition to separate chickens

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.15 x 2.2m
    • Material: Wire
    • Colour: Green

    2.
    LZQ Chicken Run Coop

    Due to the size of this chicken run, it is shipped in two packages – which should give you an idea of just how large it is.

    The size is W 3m x L 4m x H 2m (Imperial: W 9ft 10in x L 13ft 2in x H 6ft 5in), but there is a smaller 3 x 2 x 2m option available if you just have one or two chickens. It is all made from high quality galvanized tubular steel, which is very sturdy and resistant to rust and corrosion. Ideal for long-term outdoor use.

    The chicken wire is PVC-coated 25mm hexagonal wire mesh with a wire diameter of 1.1mm, so your chickens will stay put and predators are unlikely to get in. A grey roof cover will largely protect them from the rain and sun, and the latch closure on the door is practical.

    Reviews regarding assembly are a mixed bag of ease levels, so we guess it depends how handy you are, but either way sink it into the ground for best results in terms of safety.

    Features

    • Strong galvanised steel
    • Choice of size

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 3 x 4 x 2m
    • Material: Steel Wire
    • Colour: Silver

    3.
    Pets Imperial Savoy Large Chicken Coop With Run

    This W150 x D100 x H96cm coop comes with a 1.4m run, making it a nice length and perfect if you want everything together.

    There is a handy nest box, which you can lift the lid off for easy access to the eggs without having to disturb your chickens or risk an escape. 6 compartments and four perches will mean there is enough room for a couple of chickens.

    Made from timber, it has been treated with animal-friendly products, although will need regular maintenance to protect against rot and mites. The feet of the coop is covered by rot free adjustable plastic cap, although this does mean it sits up a bit so building a skirt or extending the wire down into the ground would be good.

    It comes flat packed, but the instructions for building it seem relatively simple and easy to follow.

    Features

    • Suitable for multiple small chickens
    • Generous nest box

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 2.9 x 1 x 0.9m
    • Material: Wood
    • Colour: Brown

    4.
    Cocoon Chicken Coop Hen House

    This isn’t the largest overall chicken habitat, but the 1.4m added run and 61cm x 110cm nest box both fit together really well in case you want something which is all-in-one.

    It has a double nest box, with round perches and a removable tray for cleaning. There’s also a door on the back of the house so it can easily be cleaned out.

    As mentioned, it isn’t the biggest. It is best for anyone who will still be able to let their chickens out and roam free range a lot of the time, but you can cut out one mesh panel and extend the run if you have space.

    The wood is treated but will need regular maintenance to keep it safe and weatherproof.

    Features

    • Two nest boxes
    • Weatherproof plastic roof

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 1.52 x 2 x 0.1m
    • Material: Wood
    • Colour: Brown

    Buying Guide

    Size

    Hens like as much space as possible so they can forage, dig and explore. But you may not want to give them complete free rein of your garden because they can make a mess!

    So, 1 square metre per hen is the absolute minimum you should look for. 2 square metres is most preferable, though. If they have more space, they are less likely to fight or quarrel. 3 chickens is the ideal number of chickens to keep, and this would mean 3 sq m at the minimum.

    If they will be in there at all times, look for something which would be at least 6 sq m. But if it is just temporary and they will have the run of the garden during the day, they could cope with less.

    Material

    You can buy plastic, metal or wooden chicken runs.

    Either way, the mesh must be strong metal to ensure it is fox-proof and won’t break or wear away over time. Wood can be substantial and safe, but does need treating regularly and can suffer from rot or mites, so isn’t the best long-term solution.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    How do I connect my run to my chicken coop?

    You can buy connectors which attach an open part of the run to the coop, so the two parts are effectively separated and you can make the most use of the space. However, this is best done when the same manufacturer has made both parts; for example, the Omlet Eglu run is made to attach to one of their coops via a connector.

    An alternative is to buy a generously sized run and just leave your coop inside the run. This gives a good level of protection, as any predators would have to get through the run *and* the coop to get to your chickens at night, but it does also mean that your run would have to be super fox-proof.

    How do I make my run fox-proof?

    You have a couple of options.

    Just ensuring that the wire is strong isn’t good enough, as foxes can dig underneath, and a really hungry fox could even break through the wire. We would recommend either installing a wire skirt around the run which makes it impossible to dig underneath the walls, and also gives you extra leverage to fix the run to the ground via pegs.

    You can also sink the run or fence into the ground, as far as possible, again to stop them digging underneath. If you’re worried about them breaking through the wire, it could be worth doubling up on panels to make it more difficult for them to get through, and make the holes smaller.

    It is worth also trying to fox-proof your garden. Use scent repellents or sound repellents, and ensure they can’t get into the entire garden. This means checking under fences for digging opportunities, adding wire to any open fences or trellis, and placing heavy paving stones anywhere where they could dig.

    Foxes can get through holes just 12cm (5 in.) in diameter. You may want to place your coop and run inside another fox-proof enclosure, for double protection (and less likelihood that they will pick up the scent or see them).