First off--Hello! I'm thinking about getting hens and trying to do some research on how to keep and take care of them. Mostly what I have come across is how they are oh-so easy and anyone can do it, but I'm not the type to just go out and get some and worry about the how-to's later. I need to know what I'm getting into! And I have a feeling there is a little more than just "Find chickens. Buy them. Now you have chickens." I have a 6' x 11.5' metal corn crib. The ceiling is probably 10' at the high point and 8' on the low side. Roof is on a single slant. The door is on one of the 6' ends. The walls have vents every couple of inches from top to bottom. I'm wondering about warmth in the winter (north-east Ohio), as well as set-up on the inside. I have basically read over and over again that hens need 2 to 4 square feet of space per bird, that the nesting boxes should be at least 2 feet off the floor, and that the roosts should be higher than the nesting boxes, and probably as high as possible. I know some people who have far less space than this, per bird, and almost no roosting space. But the birds do have free range of their property during the day. As far as warmth, should these walls be covered? On the out-side, on the inside, only in the winter with plastic and removed in the summer? Will the chickens eat/destroy the plastic? Is there a particular type of wood that should or should not be used for roosting branches or any other interior structures? What would be an ideal set up for a long narrow coop? I'm thinking 4 hens, but I would not be opposed to more, or less. Are they uncomfortable in "too much" space at night? Or are they happy to have the room? Lets say there are 4 hens. Should the nesting areas be close together at the 6ft end, or spread more apart on an 11ft side, or on both sides? The floor is wood. Would it be cleaned similarly to a horse stall? Does it need mats since it is not a dirt floor? Please let me know what I'm not thinking of! I know nothing and am just starting to think about this venture! All I have is the empty corn crib. Thanks for any input.