We live on 30 acres and are beginning our homesteading. Having added a large garden and an orchard, we are starting to add animals. The first critters, for me to learn with, are chicks. We bought chicks in early March from TS. This is my coop, which is located in the orchard area, near the garden. I would love to free range the chickens that I keep for layers, but we have a very heavy hawk population, skunks, opossums, raccoons, and coyotes. The coop is tight, so I am not worried about nighttime, which reduces the skunk, opossum and raccoon problem. I want a decent run for the layers. So far, as a temporary measure, I have strung a 50' roll of 48" garden fence on pound in metal stakes and draped plastic poultry netting over the top. I have a surplus of metal roofing from building our home that can be utilized to cover part of the run. How much area do I need for 6 or 7 adult birds and any suggestions on how to do a run that ideally would be tall enough for me to not have to duck walk inside would be appreciated.