That's brilliant. I didn't think I would mind it in the garage, but I underestimated the stories I had heard. Goodness.
I supposed the Brightside is that this was population boom. From here on out, additions should smaller. So I won't need that large brooder, and could manage something smaller in the human area of the coop. The wife will prefer it that way at any rate. LOL.
I can already tell that I am going to like having my original coop on hand though as well. It works great for three or four birds, and while it might sit empty more often than not, it will be an asset.
I have a sm rabbit hutch I modified for 4 birds, Use it as a breeding pen/Shame on you pen. lol the rest of the time it sits empty too, nice to have when ya need extra space for a short time. Last year it got used for a 3RD grow out pen... lol
Ok I had lots of quotes!!!! they didnt show up wth is going on??
Will try to get this out without them.
Welcome to the new comers, I 2nd what everyone has said about coop sizes and ventilation. AND trust US when we say " Chicken Math " gets us all!!! ( unless you city or town tells you how many you can have and then you will find yourself pushing that limit as well... lol )
As far as good laying hens that are easy to find... BO's, BA's BR's Sexlinks and leghorns. And for multi colored I go with EE's. I hear from everyone that Maran are great layers and lay a very pretty Chocolate colored egg, but I keep getting duped and the Marens I BUY turn out to either be hatchery ( poor color ) or NOT Marans at all!! So be careful with that. o and I forgot a real good brown egger is ISA browns, but I wont get them anymore, had to many with prolapse, come to find out that is not uncommon for that breed.
As for Chicks vs. adults..... I will go with chicks, in my experience their immune system is better because it grows with what I have on my property where as if I bring in adults they have what they bring with them from wherever they came from PLUS whatever I have and more times than not it ends up being to much for them to handle and the die on me. And I have paid good money and lost it, I have only 10 hens and 2 roosters that have made it as adults here ( that were bought as adults ) out of 32 I got last year. I don't call that good odds. But the chicks I hatched and or got from other people made it to sell age or I still have and are now laying or are about to start laying.
So I will stick with getting chicks when I want more. Just MHO.