Yesterday we rehabilitated a 5ft x 5 ft PVC run we used previously to pasture chicks (the lid was busted, I don't have a picture with the lid showing, but it is a PVC frame covered in 2inch hexagonal chicken wire and then covered with a tarp). The sides are 1/2 inch hexagonal chicken wire. We put our Dominique/Buff Orpington Mama and her 7 babies she hatched out 4 days ago in it. We have the run weighted down with the stone paver in one corner and the broody box tote in the opposite corner. The weights are sitting on wire tied to the bottom of the PVC frame. Mama seemed very happy to scratch around and show her babies what to eat. We made their night/bad weather housing out of the rubbermaid container we used as the brooding box when Mama was sitting on the eggs. My FIL built a door that can be shut and locked at night and added air holes along the top. I'm wondering if we need more/bigger air holes. When the sun went behind the hills and it started cooling off Mama went inside the tote and her babies followed her. They did well in there overnight and they were out again this morning and back at scratching and foraging in the grass. I'll be moving this setup inside the mobile paddock system I have for the rest of the flock, but for now, I'm trying to integrate my 16 week old Buffs with my mixed breed layers and their rooster. So I want to wait until they settle a bit more before putting Mama and her babies into the mix. Is there anything I haven't thought of? I think this setup should work well for a few weeks, if not more.