Hi I'm new to this forum and we aren't due to get are chicks until April 15th so it's still quite a wait. We have started planning the girls coop and drew it on sketch it! I would love your opinion on anything we should change. Right know the plan is to make the house 6' by 8' and the run 16' by 8'. We ordered 12 day old chicks, 2 rhode island reds, 1 buff orpington, 1 white plymouth rock, 1 partridge plymouth rock, 2 australorp, 1 golden laced wyandotte male, 2 speckled sussexs, 1 easter egger, and 1 ancona. All but the golden laced wyandotte are female. What is your idea on having a rooster? I have heard so many horror stories about them turning mean. But I love the idea of him helping protect the girls. We are going to let them out as much as we can. But we can't have them out when were not watching because of predator problems. Is 1/2 in or 1/4 in hardware cloth better? Thanks in advance!