I started with a flock of 4 (3 hens and a rooster) then when I decided to add a few more (2 young hens and a roo) the lady who sold them to me convinced me I needed to get some chicks... and even threw in some for free! Then I went a little nuts and now we have 19 chicks ranging from 2 weeks to 7 weeks. I have about a 400sq ft space for my adults, chicken wire covered with deer netting. But we are trying to slowly get the run and coop more secure, but now I need to consider where to put these little ones in a few weeks and the more I read, the more I am seeing the cost go up, and up, and up!!! We naively thought we could just throw the birds out to free range and lock them up at night to keep them safe.... now that I'm attached, and reading all the stuff about how dangerous it is with predators out and about in the day, I'm starting to panic. Should I just get rid of the babies? Is there another way?? If we put hardware cloth on every surface of our run it would easily cost thousands. I hate to confine them to a tiny space.