So here's the plan... We are planning to have 4 chickens, so I'm thinking this will be enough space for them for now... This 'compound' for lack of a better word, sits in the middle of our 2 acre yard, so we can always add more run space in the future.... The whole thing has a fence around it because we have 5 dogs that dont need to be trampling all over my veggies and chickens! The coop will have walls on two sides and covered with hardware cloth on two sides to try and cope with the summer heat here in SE Texas. And the run will be covered with 2x4 welded wire to protect them when they're mooching around during the day. So far, the main 'infrastructure' (should a garden and coop have infrastructure, really?!) is built; the fence, deck, bench and coop roof is on. It has cost us more than we had originally planned, but this is going to be my little haven.... and way I look at it is it's cheaper than therapy! Let me know what you guys think!