Hi! I'm Heather, and my BF and I just bought a house in the Santa Cruz mountains after renting for a long time in the Bay Area. We love our area, and now that we own a house, I can fulfill all my animal dreams I have never had chickens, and I can't wait. (I always have to stop at the feed stores to "visit the chicks"). I've wanted silkies and the funny-looking ones forever, and my boyfriend is excited for the better egg-layers. I am planning on getting chicks this spring, and I have so many questions. This website is such an awesome resource! 1. We are planning on getting 6-8 chickens (3 bantams, 4-5 larger). Would a 46 x 46 puppy playpen be a good brooder? Or should I get the giant rubbermaid tub? They will be living indoors in a spare bedroom until they're ready for their coop. I already got the Brinsea Eco-warmer thing. 2. How big should the coop and run be for when they are adults? They will need to stay in their coop/run area unless we are outside with them due to predators. 3. What do you do if you get a rooster? Thank you so much in advance!