My father and I are in the planning process of building a guinea coop for 8 keets arriving next spring. The design has been figured out, plans drawn, and materials being purchased. Then comes the big question, to build a run or not? The plan is to let them free range during the day and then coop them at night. We live in northeast Alabama where the temperature is fairly mild during the winter months. Rarely does it drop below freezing for any length of time, and snow fall is almost unheard of. Part of me says that a run really isn't necessary, and then the analitical part of me starts running through the "what if" scenarios (vacations, inclimate weather, unforseen events, etc.) Space to add on a run is more of factor than the additional cost would be. It would be doable, just wouldn't leave a lot of room in between the coop and our garden spot. What do you think? Have any of you built a coop without a run and wished you had later on?