My eldest daughter had a 'hatching' project at school and had volunteered to adopt a couple of the chicks (without her parents knowledge or permission ) Somehow she managed not only to "adopt" 4 of the chicks, but convinced her teacher that she could take Momma Hen home too. (still had no permission) Now, we've got 4 chicks and a very overprotective Momma. I temporarily used my extra large dog crate (we have a large Mastiff puppy) bought some pine bedding, laying feed and chick starter feed. My husband found some leftover plywood/2x4's/4x6's ect. and tried to suprise us with his home-made coop. Sadly, I think this may be too small. (he knows nothing of any farm animal) The 'Coop' is 3'deep x5' highx 4 ft long. He was only calculating for 1 chicken and didn't consider how quickly the chicks would grow. (Ireally don't want to hurt his feelings since he worked so hard on his 'Coop') We are in the process of trying to figure out the safest/economical way of putting up fencing for a run (run measurements are 10'x10' I was raised on a farm, but we never had chickens, I know nothing of them or how to care for them. I've read up as much as I could and still continue to do research, but worry we aren't doing enough. I also worry that while I am gone Hubby won't know what to do or how to finish what we/he started. (in the ARMY and shipping out soon.) Any and all info/insight would be greatly appreciated, I will forward all I can to Hubby and my girls as well.