First, I am new to chickens. I have 4 red comet chicks and 6 white big chicks. I live in Alabama so the weather is pretty decent around here except for a good bit of rain. I plan on building the run and coop unders some pine trees for shade. The run is going to be pretty big, about 12 x 12 or so. I am using trees for corners so I'm not exactly sure. I want to make the coop 4 x 8 with 3 or 4 nesting boxes. I am planning on using either 5 gal buckets or those square kitty litter buckets (they look small). I use a lot of straw here so I plan to use that in the house. I know I need 4 sq ft/ chicken for the coop but is it going to be crowded under these circumstances to have 3.2 sq ft/ chicken? Will the pines cause problems? Will using trees for corners be a problem? I've been reading here a lot lately and it is a life saver to have you guys available to help us new to chickens out. Thank you!