Hey everyone, My wife, kids, and I are moving to an old farmhouse on 4+ acres in just a couple of weeks. One of the first things we want to do is get ready for chickens in the spring. But we are complete chicken newbies. I've been talking to friends, reading books, and browsing this site, but I'm still a little confused about what I'll need to build for the hens. Let me start off by saying that we live in Oregon and temperatures are generally pretty mild. My overall goal is to start with about 8 hens, but plan for about 16. We'll want to give the hens about 1/2 acre of their own during the day (fenced), and have them come into a coop at night. Our friends built this thing, http://www.thegardencoop.com/, which they use to keep their nine hens in at night. During the day they have a timer-operated door that opens to let the chickens out to roam in a fenced-in area of about 1/4 of an acre. This is where the confusion begins for me. These friends of mine say they have no problem keeping their nine hens in this small coop at night, but the hen house only measures about 3' x 5'. From what everyone around here says, the hens need 4 square feet each (minimum, I know), so this thing should really only hold about 3-4 birds. So what the heck do I need to build? I want a fixed structure that won't cost a fortune, with room for up to 16 birds. I've seen some of the building projects on this site, and there are a million variations. Isn't there some sort of simple structure that will meet their basic requirements? Nothing I've seen here looks that easy to build. I've done a lot of DIY in the past, but I'm not a home builder. Also, I have a random concrete pad on the property that is about 8' x 8'. Can I make use of this in some way? Thanks for your help!