I have a dumb question....I've had chickens since July, but I've always had something that was movable, (or at least a little bit.) Now that I'm fixing up my 10 x 12 shed for the coop, I am thinking about how I want to design the run next to it ....When it hit me....*thunk*:|....I know NOTHING about how to make one (I made a 4 x 8 one, but nothing in comparison to those on this board. Wow. I've heard a lot about the coop floor, deep litter method, etc....but not much about the run floors. I'm considering the combo method - coop, run & free ranging. I know I'll do the deep litter method iwith DE in the coop and in the run, but I'd also like to design the run so it will be a nice place to visit my babies. The only predators we have are foxes and hawks. So I'm more concerned about them getting into the coop than during the day (except to cover for the hawks.) What do y'all do? Can you post some pictures for me to see how you have set it up? Is it just dirt, or are some runs concrete? Brick? Dead grass? Speaking of that, what do you do if the grass turns brown & picked over (that'll take, oh...about a day LOL) do you just leave it? What about the mud when it rains? Do chickens hate mud but love dry dirt piles? I want this run to be so nice...what are the key things a good run must have? I can think of a few: DE food water sun & shade cozy corner to lay or snooze Do any of y'all put nesting boxes in the run as well as in your coop? How do you lay down the DE? How much do you use? You can tell I need your expertise on this one! Thanks!