I just finished my new coop and run. The coop is 5x5 and the run is 6x12. I have a fenced backyard that is about a 1/4 acre that I plan on letting the chickens free range in all day. My yard is nicely landscaped and I want my children to be able to play outside in a nice place. I'm trying to figure out how many chickens I can keep free range in my yard and not have it turn into a barren wasteland. I had 4 outside all summer and their droppings just mixed with the grass and I never had any trouble with waste management. Well chicken math hit and I now have 4 hens, 3 silkies, and 10 chicks. I don't know yet who is a rooster (can't keep any roosters). Do you think I can keep a total of 10 and not have my yard turn to waste?