Hi everyone! We've been thinking about getting some chickens for a while now and have recently decided that this is something that we really want to do. I'm trying to plan a coop and run area for them for our backyard. We have a good place for it, in an area that is well shaded by some trees so that there is some relief from the heat during our humid NC summers. I'd like to keep the costs done and am wondering how I can build this to be safe for them and good sized while not spending a fortune. We're looking at between 4-5 chickens. Three regular sized and then either one or two bantams. I'd like them to have a secure hutch with roost and nest box for night time and then a daytime run that is preferably NOT covered, as we'd like to be able to go in there with them and we're not too crazy about the idea of a massive covered pen. One thing I've been thinking of getting is http://www.tractorsupply.com/ware-m...ty-chick-n-hutch-2-4-chicken-capacity-2100173 for the hutch area, and buying a nest box to go in there. They'd be in there at night to keep them safe and then having a 10x10 fenced in area for them to run around in during the day. I was also thinking about maybe getting the run that goes with that hutch.. http://www.tractorsupply.com/ware-manufacturing-heavy-duty-chick-n-rabbit-pen-2009050 as part of their nighttime enclosure so they have more space, (I hate the idea of animals being cooped up in small areas) and then have that put inside of the 10x10 enclosure. My concern with the 10x10 pen is that if I go with the hardware mesh that is really expensive and looks like it will cost about $200 to surround the pen at 6 feet tall. If I go with chicken wire that will be only about $47 and I have read on some other sites that chicken wire is suitable if it will just be a daytime enclosure. I've never seen any kinds of predators in our area and the yard is completely fenced in, but I've also never had chickens before to entice them. Any advice you can give me or any ideas on a way to give them a large enough area to roam and that we can stand in? My husband is also concerned with how it will look in the yard and doesn't want it to be an eyesore or to bother our neighbors.