So, I have had my chickens for a year. They are Golden Comets and I have 5 (just hens). When I got them I planned on letting them free range during the day and into the coop at night. We did build a run, about 8 feet by 4 feet. I didn't anticipate the predators I would have: we've got two goshawks and a fox that have all attempted to eat my hens. And so they are cooped up, almost around the clock. This is turning their dirt floor into a bad and smelly mess. Also they just seem really anxious to get out, which I can't do except when I am there to supervise them (sometimes the hawk even attacks while I am with them). In tears I tried to make the decision to give them to a friend today so that they would have a better life with more freedom. It is so hard. I love having them but they are too cooped up. *I need to build them a new arrangement in which they have more room. What is the best amount of space for five birds? *What can I use on the floor in the run to prevent the mucky build up of mud and chicken poop? I'm hoping to build the next run more into the woods a bit so that they will have a lot of leaves and scratch. I just want them to be happy and they do not seem happy now.