The coop is almost built and it's time to start thinking about the run. Here's the dilemma: My vision of the run is 16' X 45', with part of that being the area under the 8' X 8' coop (so they can go under for shade- it's 1.5 feet off the ground- will that work or will I regret giving them access to that area?) My dh's idea of the run is about 8' X 12' and minus the area under the coop (it will be difficult to secure at this stage- oops). There are 6 3-week old chicks. I'm not having any luck convincing dh that I need all that space for 6 chickens. I'd consider it as a temporary measure to try it, but then how do I predator proof it, yet still be able to expand it at a later date? The shed itself is intended to be Fort Knox and our yard is fenced, so there shouldn't be too much trouble with daytime predators when they're out in the run, so I would just need to get them locked up at dusk. Of course, working full time and tending a toddler under 2 when I get home.... how long can I keep that up, before I start missing the dusk deadline? Help!