I have five hens near Seattle. In my backyard I have a 14' x 16' run with two walls made from my existing wooden fence on the property line and the other two walls made out of chainlink to enclose the run. On top of the run is bird netting and in the center is an old coop that needs to be replaced. The run is under trees that have be trimmed back to provide more light. I'm wondering if the birds even need a coop and what does it provide? I'm wondering if it would be better on just concentrating on the run if it would not only be cheaper and easier to maintain, but also roomier for the birds. Things I'm thinking about doing: - Predator proofing the run - Using a very thick layer of mulch as the floor of the run - Providing several 2"x2" roosts at several heights in the run at last 2' off the ground that are covered to provide protection from the rain - Mounting two nest boxes onto the wooden fence - Planting mulberry bushes around the outside perimeter of the chain link fence where the hens can eat what grows through Do you guys have any thoughts on this?