I am located in Central Calif, so my coop and run are one and the same. I have a 6ft X10ft dog kennel that I put up roosting bars and put in nesting boxes. I have 8 birds. Four pullets and 4 older birds Two out of four of my pullets have started laying in the past month. Sometimes they lay in the nesting boxes and sometimes they lay in the yard. They free range all day. I am planning to leave them locked in the run over the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend because I will be home from work so I can keep an eye on them. The question I have is, is that a large enough space for 8 chickens if they are locked in all day? The other questions is, how unhappy have your chickens been after their freedom has been taking away?