Keeping chickens is a new adventure for us. We got a coop kit at the local farm and ranch store. Then we got a metal fence to surround the coop to give them more room since the coop's run is not very big. I still need to add some chicken wire for extra security. But I plan to let them out to roam our back yard as often as possible. It is a large yard with a 6 foot privacy fence. We probably didn't really need this metal fence since they will be able to play in the yard, but I felt it was a good idea so they won't get "cooped up" on days when we can't let them into the main yard. Any thoughts and suggestions on how to make the yard and the chicken enclosure better? I also have some landscaping in the back yard and a vegetable garden, and would like to keep the yard nice and the garden intact, but at the same time let the chickens have some freedom (I hear they can dig up the whole yard if you let them be completely free range?).