I am new to chickens and country life. We just purchased 8 baby chicks. They are about 3 weeks old right now and we are not positive, but we are assuming that they are Red sexlink or Red Star chicks. I wanted to allow them to free range, because we have 5 acres, but we also have plenty of hawks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes and free roaming dogs and snakes around. lol I want the birds to be happy, but I really do not like the runs that I see many people have for their chickens because they just do not seem roomy enough.
Right now we have them in a small coop that we purchased from a local builder without a run. It only has 3 egg boxes and it is approx. about 6 feet by 4 feet. I am getting vibes that it's too small for 8 chickens to roost in at night while full grown, but not sure. Someone told me that they don't mind small spaces when they're sleeping.
What we're doing right now is taking them outside daily for about 1 hour and sitting with them in a make shift pen under the Oak tree so they can have fun in the grass.
Trying to figure out a way to attach a run to their coop so they can go in and out without fear of getting eaten. I know I have tons of research to do on this site to get some ideas, but just wanted to say HELLO!
PS I would like to add a photo of our coop possibly later today if I can figure out how to do it. lol