Hi everyone. Have been reading some information on this forum and it has all been helpful. First time with chickens. Got three Rhode Island reds last fall. They are all laying on regular basis now. Bought them a coop last fall but just built them a covered run in the yard. Seems big enough at 5 1/2 by 18 ft long. Still deciding what if anything to put on the ground. A lot of discussion on sand or pine chips or nothing. Hmm.