Okay. So I think I've finally decided on a coop plan. Here it is.... http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog...op-w-Run-Building-Plans-22-chickens-p926.aspx I really wanted a bigger coop, but I've been trying to compromise with my sweet husband and downsize my wishes. And this is about as small as I'm willing to go. The coop is 6' deep, 9' tall at peek, 10' long by 7 1/2' wide. That should be big enough for a while at least, as I'm only starting with 7 hens (chicks are coming in July). I will add more over the years, but will try to add them in very small batches and keep my flock numbers below 20. Not sure if I'll get a roo yet. So how big do you all think we should build the run? I'm trying to think ahead and plan for more than my starting 7. We have 5 acres and LOTS of predators of every variety, so I'm thinking a run is a MUST. I'd love to free range them, but I doubt they'll get to do that much unless I'm outside to keep watch. I'd love to hear any thoughts or suggestions on my coop selection and how you might alter it, as well as thoughts on the size of the run. I totally plan on using hardware cloth and covering the top of the run as well with some kind of wire. Thanks for any of your thoughts!