Hello. I have a question that I can't seem to find an answer for, but first a little background info. I live on an island in SE Alaska that has more brown bears than people. They, the bears, have been known to occasionally go after chickens. It's also VERY wet here, over 9 feet of rain a year. I currently have 6 chicks in a brooder. I could put them in the back of the house where the old coop was OR I could put the coop and run on one of the decks in the front of the house. The back of the house is undeveloped and hilly. The deck that they would go on is wood and was used as a dog kennel by the previous owners. It has a 5' hog wire fence inside of the wooden railing which has been added on to and is about 6' high. The deck is 8x10' and would be covered. I have visions of allowing them access to underneath the deck at some point, maybe. My questions are: Would the chickens be okay with only a small dirt pen under the coop and only having a wooden run? Would walking around exclusively on the decking hurt their legs or feet? I don't think I could put down much litter with the deck boards being about 1/4" apart. Any suggestions would be appreciated.