So, I have yet to get my chicks, or even have a coop built, but in all of my thinking I'd always planned to NOT have a run. My entire yard is less than 1/4 acre, and I'm only using the backyard, which is fully fenced in, as my chicken area. Is this safe, or should I consider a run? I want to be able to hang out with my girls as I'm working around the yard, and offer them as much space as possible. I do have the space for a run near where I plan to build the coop, so it can be done if I need to. I'm just not sure if I should build one. Are they always covered in some manner or another?