On the side, my husband hung their feeder under a little patio so the rain wouldn't soak it. Oh, and an old lawn tractor tire makes a perfect base for their waterer.
If you have considered raising hens, I heartily encourage you to do so. We absolutely love our chickens. They are funny and sweet. OK, yes, they are often quite daft. But, that is part of what makes them endearing. Chickens are good comedy.
Ours range free during the day. Not only does that make their eggs healthier, but it also keeps down the number of bugs in my garden. As long as you give them a place to live that is safe from predators, they are pretty easy keepers.