I just joined the site, have been looking at pictures of coops and such. I am thinking of getting 20-30 birds for meat / eggs. Due to the dogs and coyotes about out here they will not be free range. I have a footer already in the ground that we just put there for some random reason. It is about 12 foot by 12 foot square give or take a few inches. I will be building a structure similar to our greenhouse out of steel tube and covered with 1/2" squared metal mesh. Heavy stuff we use on the greenhouse as well, keeps out everything we don't want. This is my first time doing this myself, I have helped my mom with the 4 birds we have now for some time but am looking at a sustainability type of thing as I have had enough of "the meat machine" that we buy from (commercial producers that treat their animals like garbage.) How many birds would be comfortable in that 12 x 12 space. Again primary goal is meat / eggs. I don't want to stuff them in like sardines. They would regularly get clean feed, thinking about a worm garden to give them worms occasionally, they would have a covered place out of the wind and rain for roosts. As well as vegetable cuttings weekly.