Hi all! A New Egg reporting in! Although, my first post happens to be full of questions Ok, so, sometime in the spring I was hoping to finally raise some chicks (I've had chickens for around 5 years, but have always preferred to buy them as young pullets), and I have a few questions regarding how many chickens would be best for my medium-size coop. I currently have three hens (medium to small sized, no Jersey Giants ). So, here are my questions: (1) My coop is either 6' by 8' or 6' by 10', I'm not sure which. Does this mean the maximum capacity is 4-5 hens, or 12-15 hens? I was thinking of getting only 3 or 4 new hens, is this coop big enough? I'm mainly concerned because I live in a colder climate area, and during around two months of harsh winter they don't get to go outside much. (2) I'm fairly sure my pen is between 10' by 10' and 8' by 8'. For six or seven hens, is this enough room? I do let my chickens free-range, but only if someone is around to watch them. (3) As for protection, I have a sheet of deer netting stretched over the top of the pen. Will this keep the predators out? Should I put another sheet over the first one? Or use something different entirely? I get racoons, hawks, skunks, etc. So far, no predator problems for my chickens, but, I'd prefer to be 'safe than sorry'. Thank you so much in advance to those who reply!