Hello! We don't have chicks yet, but are excitedly getting set up to welcome them into our lives. First-timers have a lot to learn!! We have built our brooder and are getting ready to build our coop. I have researched breeds and would like to get a variety. We are planning to start with 8-10 chicks. We are planning our coop to be bigger than initially needed (I've read about Chicken Math!) The coop will have a large run, but I am hoping to be able to free range as well. Need to research that some more, but would welcome suggestions. As we plan our coop do you all find it most effective to bury hardware cloth into the ground or to build an apron out from the coop to prevent predators (I am mostly concerned about snakes)? I also am a beekeeper and plan to free range to chickens in the same area that the bee hives are. Has anyone done this and did it work out ok? I have read that the chickens help cut down on the insects that are pests to the bees. I will put screen on the coop openings to discourage the bees from getting comfortable in the coop. Can't wait to get my chicks!!