Chicken's are dirty birds! We kept the chicks in our laundry room and as they continued to grow, their bird dust/ dander was getting thicker everywhere in the house. I could feel it between my shoes and the floor. The kids had it all over their feet and socks and my husband was having serious allergic reactions.
I didn't want the chicks in the garage, so they found a new home in our garden shed.
I then had to use a wet towel to mop the laundry room from top to bottom.
The birds were still under the warm, red light in the shed. They lazed around in wood chips and tried their best to kick the chips into their water and food dishes.
As the weather warmed up, it was fun to watch the chicks run around in the yard. We could catch them easily and they liked to stick together. I used some spare vinyl-coated, wire fencing to make a little run. It gave them a chance to pick at the grass and dig for bugs.
The day came, when even the circular run was getting cramped and the birds took it upon themselves to fly out and explore the nearby forest.
The coop was well underway, but nowhere near being finished, so I used a plastic poultry fence to make a larger run under our deck. It wasn't pretty, but it was nice to give the birds some more space.
After a couple months of carrying six chickens back and forth to their run every day, the novelty wore off and I was desperate to finish the coop.