Room to Roam
After the coop is built, you’ll need to construct a pen or run for the chickens so they can run loose and feed off of the worms, bugs, and minerals on the dirt. This pen will also keep out unwanted predators.
However, your chicken run design will depend on what type of chickens you keep. Keep in mind that heavy and large chickens are less likely to fly away so your chicken pen design will simply consist of wooden posts and some chicken wire or fencing.
On the other hand, if your chicken flock varies in size including smaller chickens that can fly over fences, you’ll need to construct a pen with closed in wired or netted roof. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and enclose the pen.
Making it Home
The chickens will also need a feeder as well as a fresh water source set up in their coop. Also, the coop will need to be lined with straw or pine shavings for bedding.
As for food, stock up on all natural feed and let your neighbors know they’re on their way. Chickens are natural garbage disposals, so turn your compost bucket into food scraps for the chickens, including vegetables and bread to supply as treats and supplemental nourishment.