We have 5 new baby chicks (about a couple weeks old now), 1 RIR, 1 Black Sex Link, 2 Araucana's, and a Speckles Sussex. Due to an abnormally snowy winter we are just starting to build our coop this weekend. We are new to chickens! Before we start I am taking this week to obsess over how we should build our coop and run.(been looking through this website among others for several weeks now!) We must have a covered run due to living in a high predator area. We are somewhat limited for space so we are trying to get creative. We would like a coop/run to comfortably house 12 chickens if we ever expand. Here is what we are thinking: An 8X8 coop, raised 2 ft off the ground. At that size I think we would want to be able to walk into it. Is 2 ft up high enough to include that square footage underneath the coop in our run calculations? The remaining area we have left for run is 3X8, and then 8X 6-3 (not square- narrows as the run continues from 6" to 3") Kind of confusing, but was hoping that by making the run 6 1/2 ft tall, with some places to perch, plus the area under the coop that it would be enough space for them. Any suggestions? I will attach a picture of my proposed plan to give a better- Thanks!!!!