I hope this is in the right place... My wife, daughter and I have decided to try our hand at raising chickens. We are going to start with Cornish Cross meat chickens and if all goes well, move into egg layers; probably Leghorns. We would like to get our chicks in the spring, which gives us plenty of time to prepare. Some questions we have so far are: 1. How large of a coop would 12 Cornish X require? I have an old shed on the property that measures 8x10. I can stand up inside it. It needs some work such as a new floor and maybe a roof. Would this be big enough and would treated plywood be acceptable as a floor? 2. How large of a run would they require? I have 2 acres in the country, but free ranging is out of the question due to predators, mostly dogs, but also fox, coons, coyotes, hawks, cats…grandchildren. 3. How high would I want the roosts in the coop to be? 4. Are nesting boxes required? At this point, we could use all the advice we can get. Thanks folks!