We are building a 4x8 chicken coop with a 8'x16' run that is attached to the coop. We have 9 chickens and live in S. GA. We will be locking them up at night to make it harder for the predators in our area to eat them. Where do you suggest we place the food and water? Inside the houe or the run? I have heard and read that sand is the best thing to use inside the coop but I am concerened because of how hot sand can get down here if it is in direct sunlight and not allof my run is shaded during the day. Will the chickens burn their feet? I am also wondering if I should plant some bushes in the run to give them additional coverage during the day? There are trees behind the run and trees in my yard that will shade it from direct sunlight for a portion of the afternoon. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.