While coops will keep 'em safe, your birds need a place to roam freely, too, and sometimes a chicken run — or an open backyard — just won't cut it. Enter the chicken "chunnel."
Chicken tunnels, a.k.a. "chunnels," are the best way to protect your flock while also letting them roam around your backyard. These tunnels, which can be a straight run or wrap around the perimeter of your property, aren't just good for the birds — they're good for your garden, too.
By placing these around your garden beds or crops, these chicken tunnels will encourage your flock to eat weeds and bugs that may wreak havoc on your plants, veggies, and flowers, according to Good Life Permaculture. Set a chicken tunnel up to follow your yard's fence line or your garden's perimeter, and your chickens can double as all-natural weed and bug killers.
And if you don't feel like tackling a DIY project, you can buy a similar structure, which will keep your flock just as happy!
SHOP NOW Chicken enclosure ($50, amazon.com)
Get a step-by-step guide for making your own chicken tunnel at AskAPrepper.com.