Hello! So I'm clearing out a bit of my property that has over the last few years while I was here, there, and everywhere grew up on me. There are tons of wild plum tree things, ( there so thorny! ) That have grown up and since I'm clearing it all out by hand, hatchet, and anything else I can find ( It's going to take me a while, depending on the weather ). I'm trying to figure out the best way to put the coop and run there. The coop is going to be 8x12 to 12x12 or something around that, I'll decide when I get closer to getting it all cleared out. I want to do this right the first time to the best of my abilities. So I need to know if it's best to have the coop, inside the run, or outside the run and connected to the run. And if it being this large would still be best 14 inches to 24 inches off the ground, or on the ground. There are a ton of predators around since I'm out in the countryside. We have everything from raccoon's and possums and hawks to foxes and coyotes. There is also a decent population of bigger snakes around. I live in KENTUCKY lol The run is going to be a minimum of 20x40, so I thought it would be best for the coop to be on the outside of the run, and connected somehow, and I'd like it off the ground so mice and snakes have a harder time creeping under it plus it would have the extra protection from the run being rapped up in more welded wire and hardware cloth. As I can't entirely allow them to Free Range, due to predators everywhere and a small but well traveled road. I think I'm just freaking out a bit about the entire situation, but I'd like to start working it over in my head while I'm clearing it all out to decide on the best option for there safety. Thanks for any help you have on my brain crazy restless self! P.S. I technically have no poultry right now as my grandmother took over the ones I had at her farm when I started traveling a few years ago, so I am content with starting my own new little flock so I don't have to steal any of hers So yes this little project of mine will take a while, but I'm not going to rush since I'd rather have it done right the first time than walk out one day and find out I missed something that got them all killed.