We may be getting some chickens in the next couple of weeks from someone who ordered too many, but it will depend on how expensive this whole endeavor is going to be! We live in Mississippi. I'm looking to build an 9x12 run (or similar size) and a 4x6 foot coop (doesn't matter what exact size, just that approximate square footage). We are thinking about 6 chickens. They would free-range some, but most likely only when we are outside with them, and we are gone for 2 2-week periods during the year. They probably would not get to free-range during those times. Would this be large enough? I want to do a run that is about 6ft high so we can walk in it, hardware cloth at least around the bottom 2-3 feet and buried a foot, some kind of wire over the top to protect from hawks. The coop, well, my head is spinning looking at designs, but we're aiming for simple (easy to build!), efficient, and inexpensive. I would need to build this early next week while my father is in town, so I won't be able to be searching for free items/discounted items etc....this will be a "go to Lowes/local feed store etc" for supplies and build. For those of you who may have done something similar, what do you think I may be looking at as far as cost goes? Any simple plan suggestions? I'm almost scared to ask! THANK YOU!!!