Hi all, Just decided to get a few chickens (get back to my country roots!) and found this site. My wife and I are starting out with 6 EEs which will be ready for the coop in the May timeframe. I've got a good coop design in mind, but I'm still trying to figure out the run. I have a 16x10 area to put the run in (though I'm trying to decide if I should split it so if we increase the flock I can introduce new members slowly). While I know what to do for the sides of the run, I'm torn about what to do with the top. The run is on a grassy area that has a very slight slope for drainage. Should I cover the run with a solid surface to prevent the run from getting very wet, or just use wire? Here in Virginia we do not get a lot of snow but we do get some good thunderstorms. If I block the rain the run will stay dry, but then the grass will die off (or will the chickens mow it to nubs anyway?). Which way should I go? Thanks!