I am thrilled about getting my new chickens soon. But before I go out and get my new friends I want to get everything set up and ready for when they come home. So I am currently trying to decide where to build my chicken coop and run. I have two options and some questions. Please I need some advise. I am wanting to stay small, max 4 hens because I am somewhat in the burbs. My first option was to build behind my backyard chained link fence that has a gate (still on our property) thats in a wooded area about 75 yards away from a lake. I could build a stand alone coop 25 sq ft off the ground with a run as big as my dh will build for me. Not sure on that yet. My second option is to build a coop/run next to my house in a smaller privacy fenced in area. The total area for coop and run would be about 8 ft wide by 6 ft. Three sides would be privacy fence and the other wall/ceiling would be well protected, but with this design I could let them run around in the backyard. I am looking for advise on which would be better? And am wondering how much space they need to live comfortably in. I have seen some of the small coop/run designs and some just seem a bit small. Sorry this was a bit long but any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.