I am getting some Buff Orpingtons - if as planned, will have 3 hens and one rooster. The enclosed run area they will have is 16' x 16'. The area where the chickens will be has open farm field to the south and west, so it gets pretty windy at times. The questions that I can think of right now are:
1. coop size, taking into consideration that on cold, windy days they might not be agreeable to leaving the coop. I can put up tarp to help block the wind. I am planning on using 48" x 40" pallets as my framework for the coop and add exterior nest boxes. I'm not sure if the size of one pallet for floor space is enough or if I need 2.
2. which direction and what size should the pop hole be
Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks