Posted: 09/06/2012 at 21:42
Lovely names, FloraMay. I always shut mine in the run when I go out though I do realise that a fox could come in when I'm at home. I have a Doodlehouse for my girls which I think is a brilliant design. Mine's plain white but I have plans to decorate.
Julie, they need as much room as you can let them have. If they are in too small a run they can't get away from each other and bullying tends to happen. My run is about 8 by 5 feet but they are out free-ranging for at least a couple of hours per day. Trouble is they trash the garden. The question of dogs - it depends on the dog. I have to keep my two youngsters away as they will chase and catch the hens. A parrot has the option of flying, though I don't let my dogs near the parrot either as she's quite small.