Originally Posted by mybrighteye
I wasn't saying you were being a giant ol meanie, I'm super sensitive (it's an awful character trait) lol. I appreciate all the feedback, truly.
I can see how my original post was confusing when I mentioned how many the coop was said to hold. We do plan on free ranging when we are home and in the backyard which we do spend a good amount of time out there. I don't want a hawk to come and take one of my babes away lol.
I'm going to be putting some enrichment toys in there for them, it's just my nature to do things like that. I'm sure eventually we will expand but my husband literally just finished the run two days ago. I was thinking of making a Chunnel for them too with the leftover hardware cloth because we have a super long area that runs between the side of our house and the fence.
Hang in there your original plan to raise em up and rehome the ones you cant or dont want to keep is a good one.
The eight foot run is an awesome compromise. I too cannot free range.
Welcome to Back Yard Chickens from the San Diego High desert. You will find a wealth of info here and the need to develope a thicker skin. Many of us are willing to help and share info. Take what suits you remember the rest for reference. There are some that are passionate about how to do things and others that play it by ear. With such a huge membership you will also come accross some flakes...
Thank goodness you dont have to meet us all in the same room....
My take on all this, and my presonal needs:
Protection from the elements and predators. Easy access for feeding watering and cleaning. Depending on climate in my case extremes of heat and wind that will mean completely open air coop with a roof for shade and some sort of wind break in my case two walls for the prevailing winds.
and First and Foremost have fun.