I have 11 pullets (3.5 weeks old) brooding in their coop right now. The coop is 5x7' of floor space and they each have over 3 square feet inside. As for outside, we're still figuring out exactly what we want to do for the run. The coop is in a triangular side yard that is 365s/f, giving each chicken 30s/f. With this setup (which seems to be quite a large run compared to most I see), would they still likely turn their run into a desolate wasteland of mud and muck? I *DO* intend on letting them out to freerange the rest of the half acre backyard whenever I'm around to be out there with them (hawks live nearby), but if I don't spend my winter outside in the rain watching chickens will they be OK in a run like that most of the time? Thanks! Forgot...I do plan to cover some of the run for shelter from rain and to keep their food dry. Don't know how much we will cover though. Any suggestions?