My husband and I can't agree on what our chickens need. Here's their coop and run: It is 4' x 10' and the coop itself is 4 x 4 x 5'. They are in the run all day, except in the evening when we let them out into the fenced in area below: We sit with them for about 15-30 minutes and throw out some scratch and mealworms for them to look for. This time is cut short if there are a lot of flies or mosquitoes bothering us, none if it is raining. I have been feeling guilty about what little time they get to come out of there. We keep it pretty clean...rake it and replace bedding once a week, etc. We put leaves and treat in the run to keep them occupied, and there is a peat moss/DE bath in there too (all shown on my BYC pages). I am pestering my hubby to give them some kind of protected area where we can let them out of the run, unsuperivsed, so they can have more time on the outside. I was thinking of attaching some chicken wire to the balcony and enclose the right-hand side underneath (that is their favorite scratching spot). But, hubby is against it. His arguments are: 1) It would look ugly. 2) It is just as small as the area they have now. 3) They are just FINE right now. I asked him to build a tractor (A-frame) we could move around and give the girls time on different ground. This won't work realistically because we have trouble catching the girls to transfer them back and forth. It's just stressful for everyone if we try. So, I turn to the BYC community. Please advise on HOW MUCH time *out of the run* our 3 girls need (a Dominique, a Buff Orphington, and a Delaware) to be happy. I know these are all breeds that "tolerate" being confined. Please also advise what solution YOU would implement, given our circumstances. THANKS!