I went to a local hatchery to get some chicks took my son with (big mistake) he talked me into getting some silkie chicks we got 3. 2 died not sure why. the rest of the chicks are fine. Now i need to build a coop and run for silkies. I free range my girls and dont trust the silkies free rangeing I think they would get eaten. I live in the country lots of preditors and silkies would be easy picins. anyway I need to figure out dimentions and what silkies require as I have not raised them before. I am planning on getting 6 more so I will have 7 total. My question is what do they need I know they dont fly so roost need to be low but how big do nesting boxes for silkies need to be? how big a footprint do I need how tall does it need to be as they dont fly. I am thinking a 2 story coop with nesting boxes on top and run below and extending out so they would have shelter when they are out of the coop if they need it.But just not sure about the design and suggestions welcome. My frame amd floor are done did them this afternoon. I have a 5 foot by 4 foot foot print I am no carpenter so it looks a little rough I hope it works. My plan is to elevate it onbricks from an old house that we tore down on the property. I have 1 inch thick styrofoam insulation left from another project so I am gonna insulate the coop The roof is gonna be about 6 inches higher on one side than the other so rain will run off to the back away from where the run will be. i have some windows from that house that was torn down and plan to use one for the coop that should give them plenty of light. I think i will leave about an inch or so open at the bottom of the roof overhang for ventalation the roof will over hang on all 4 sides. Still not sure about siding the roof will be tin i have a bunch of it not sure if I want to the the side walls in tin or wood they will be wood inside the insulation. the nest boxes will be out on the sude of the coop so the 4x5 will be all room for them to move around in will this be large enough for 6 silkies? I have not decided on the run yet how big it will be I need to see how much 1/2 inch mesh wire I have I have parts of 2 rolls.