Hi all, I've posted this before, but I need some reassurance because I'm between a rock and a hard place. I promised my son that he could raise his own chicks when he turns four (this year) and it's a promise I can't take back. But my husband wants to be able to enjoy his backyard again. He refuses to go out there with free-ranging chickens. So I built them a new coop that I thought would be enough space for them. They basically have 80 square feet of run space between 3 birds, which is a lot, technically and comparatively speaking, but I HATE it. I feel like they hate it and they want to have a lot more run space than they have. My husband refuses to budge, saying that if they get more space than the 8'x10' they're in right now, that it will be too much of the backyard to sacrifice and that I might as well let them free-range again over the whole back yard because he'll never go out there if the coop/run is bigger. This makes me want to get rid of chickens altogether, because I hate how cramped and unhappy they seem. But maybe I'm just being crazy? Please reassure me that 80 square feet is enough for happy birds. I know that they would love to have acres, but I want to know the minimum square foot requirements for happy, healthy birds...not the USDA minimum of 4 s.f. or whatever...I want a good estimate on what it takes to keep chickens HAPPY, at a minimum. Please help!