Somehow all of my chicks have managed to survive so far. We are 11.5 weeks old at this point and I have 17 of them. The coop is 4x4 and the run (Ft Knox) is 8'x16'. Clearly these figures are too small now that everyone has decided to live. Sigh. I am working on plans for a 4'x12' coop that will work in addition to the 4x4 coop. The problem is the run. I haven't the faintest idea what to do about expanding the run. Theoretically I should fence off a portion of the yard, but I can't do it myself and likely can't afford to have someone professional come out. Right now they are free ranging most of the day. I let them out early morning and they stay out until bedtime. Once school starts I won't be here during the day to supervise. It makes me really nervous thinking about free-ranging them when I'm not here, but I hate the though of them being stuck in the 8x16 run all day. So I guess this is two questions. 1) Ways to make a run mostly daytime predator proof that is fiarly inexpensive and can be built by one person? 2) Thoughts on free ranging while I'm at work? Agggghhhhh!!!! I'm stressing over this. School starts back up in a month. It never occured to me that all of them would survive to adulthood. And my backup plan of just selling some off won't work as I am too attached to them all to sell!