Hi All! So we are brand new to chickens. We got 6 chicks at the end of April, (3 Australorps, 3 Amberlinks) for eggs. We live in a suburban area of NE Ohio on 1/3 acre. My husband is almost done with the coop and run. The chickens are almost full size now, and currently housed in a huge cardboard brooder box in the garage (industrial shipping size...like you need a step ladder to get into the thing. It's nearly as big sq ft wise as their coop). We let them outside to range in the backyard in the afternoon. The coop size is 5x4.5 with the nesting box area at 1x5. It will probably be 4 boxes. The run is 8×5. I know the 4/10 requirements, albeit a little late. I'm hoping this setup will work until close to fall, when we'll add another 4 feet onto the run. Do you think this is a feasible size with 6 birds? Especially if they'll be outside in the yard most of the afternoons? My concerns are weather based. It is the rainiest summer Ohio has had since the '40s...so I don't know how much they'll actually want to come into the yard. Also winters can be long and pretty brutal as far as cold goes. Also, my yard is turning into a muddy mess. I have some maple mulch from a tree cut down that I'm thinking of laying in the run to help with draining and muckiness. For the roosting bar in the coop, do they need a way to get up to it? Like another little ladder walk or something? Or will they jump? Do curtains really serve a purpose on the nesting boxes, or are they more decorative? We're going to put in 2-3 windows and cover them with framded plexiglass on a hinge to let as much light in during winter as possible. We want to move them in ASAP, so we're just going to finish closing in the run, put in the roosts, windows, door and ladder, and the door on the nesting box and then finish roofing the run after. I'm going to lay thick vinyl flooring squares down in the coop, rubber side up, and then put the bedding down. I covered the plywood floor in polyurethane. I'm also trying to think of a way to make a poop board or hammock to make cleaning under the roosts easier. We were hoping to get them in this weekend, but surprise surprise, it's going to rain the next 9 days. We still might be able to do it though. I'll take any feedback, insight and advice I can get! Also sidenote: these teenage birds DO NOT like us. Well, they don't want to be handled anyway. They run like hell when we try to bring them back in, and don't generally like to be picked up. They aren't aggressive, but definitely evasive. Is that normal for Amberlinks and Australorps, or will they grow out of it? We've never mishandled them, but my toddler loves to chase them, and we've taught him to only touch them with 1 hand so he's gentle.