I have had a few chickens for many years, but this year we have added a lot of chicks to our flock. Our chickens free range all day and have free access in and out of the coop for the birds who are large enough to fly up to the lowest roost and use their door (when they all get big enough they also have a floor level door which is blocked off for now). My question is how much space is needed for my chickens to be happy in the coop at night... how much roosting space per bird and how many nesting boxes will I need? I have four large nesting boxes now which have never all been used by my other chickens... they all seem to want to lay eggs in the same box, but now I have added some silkies which I'm hoping will be broody, so do they each need thier own nesting box plus enough for the non broody chickens to lay? Right now we are building a new pen for our goat and ducks and geese, but when we are done with that we plan on starting a rebuild of our coop or maybe even build a whole other coop or at least a small nesting coop. We have about 70 chicks right now, but I don't know yet how many we will be left with after we find out how many roos we have and I am also giving a few to my mom for her yard. I am wanting to have enough room for at least 50 hens plus some roosters... how man roosters do you need to keep for 50 hens anyway?? lol I am just full of questions today, guess I am in the right place!!