Sorry this is probably the dumbest question ever but I can't seem to find the answer to it (or could be I don't quite get the terminology- again feeling so dumb and newbie here!)! I'm trying to finalise the plans for my coop / run / outdoor run (not sure if these are the right terms) and work out if I have enough space etc etc. I keep reading that I need 4 ft2 per bird in the coop and 10 ft2 in the run (this means nothing to me so my first step is always to convert to real money ). The coop I'm planning has the inside hen house bit raised over part of a concrete base (existing in the house we have bought 2 x 2.2 metres - which is 4.4 m2 which I've just converted to feet and that is 6 .5 feet x 7 and a bit feet and 47.36 feet2). The whole of this will be roofed for protection from the rain and sun (we get little wind here and rarely much snow) and have 1/2 inch hardware mesh stuff over all the sides, window, vents etc. During the day they will have a big run - around 35m2 (325 ft 2) (possibly slightly bigger I'll have to see)that they will be let into each day and eventually a chicken tractor to help me with the gardening or part time free ranging or possibly a 'paddock' system as well. My question is what is considered 'coop' and what is considered 'run' when I'm looking at my figures? IE is the whole caboodle of the enclosed bit the 'coop' (at min 4ft2 / bird) or is only the house bit (with roosts and laying boxes) considered to be the coop? And if that is the case is the outdoor over the concrete, enclosed section considered the 'run'? and if so what is the actual outside in the day bit called and what are the figures for that? Thanks in advance!