Hello, I have never raised chickens but my wife has in the past. I live in Rhode Island on a 21 acre piece of land that has an old chicken coop, the run portion is wrecked but the coop looks to be in good shape. I just got a closer look at it this morning and it is of open air design, probably not suitable for youngsters just out of the brooder. It has two wooden nesting boxes and is approximately 8 feet long and 4 feet wide with a full length roof, the floor is hardware cloth as is all of the walls and it is elevated on a steel structure approximately 12 inches above the ground. I question this construction as there will be no way to keep the chickens dry in a wind driven rain or warm in the winter. Looks like it is time to build a better structure. The run is completely ruined from things the previous owner had leaning against it, old carriage wheels and metal parts from old carriages. I'm wondering if I wrap it in plastic with vents cut in if it might suffice until warmer weather and I can get another coop built, if not then I'll probably have to wait another year.