First I would like to introduce myself. My name is Casey (a guy), I am from NW Florida. I grew up with horses, goats and chickens. But I am in my thirties now and haven't been around "farm" life for a while. I am wanting to get some egg laying, possible meat, chickens. I want to make their "area" as comfortable as possible (even though I might eat them). But I am limited on space. I am planning on using a chain link dog kennel that is 7x12.5 (about 85 square feet)... Is this enough area for a chicken run with coop? They will not be able to free range. After looking at some of the dog kennel chicken areas on this forum, I have decided I can put the actual coop on the outside of the kennel or elevate it in the kennel so they can make use of the total square footage to walk around in. Is this enough area? If so, for how many chickens? I do not want to be cruel to them and I want them to have adequate space. Do chickens HAVE to free range? Thanks in advance for answers and suggestions.