I was growing the bulk of our vegetables in the back yard, but I knew having chickens might be a problem. I postponed planting the garden in order to let the chickens dig around in it, thinking they might mostly leave it along after I planted it - they did not. I experimented with fencing off the garden - it kept the chickens out, but it kept me out too.
This summer has seen hawks attacking our second set of chicks and Robin being attacked by our rooster, who, we think, is under the impression she is another rooster. We thought the dogs would eventually get used to the chickens, but it seems to have only gotten worse.
So, you see, we have some issues with our chickens right now. As much as I like them roaming the yard, this summer has given us reason to contain them. I want to give them as much room as they want, but I want to keep them safe, and I want us to be able to use the yard however we want. The conclusion I came to was to build a fence - but exactly where? I want it to be easy to put up, and placed somewhere that will give them, as well as us, the proper space. The area that I'm thinking of will give them plenty of space to roam, and I'll be able to better protect them from predators - and I can plant my garden again! I may let them roam in the evening, but I'll have to keep an eye on them around the veggies.