Hi All, I am a newbie, and hope I m not totally rehashing old news, but I have not seen this exact question in here. I have aquired a coop with a floor space of 6' X 4' - Nest boxes hang on the side so the floor will be usable, less the food and water... The main living area of the coop is suspended on 4X4's about three feet in the air. I am going to close this in on three sides to give additional "dry" shelter. The run is going to be the electric netting, total of 165' so that should come out to 1700+/- sq feet of freedom. I know my "max" number of birds will be 6, according to coop size is (although not agreed on by all) my over all plan is to have 3-4 hens with one rooster. My question - How long can I get by with this coop if raising from chicks? I would like to order a straight run of 12 birds. This way I can watch the birds and try to choose the best ones to keep. (mainly the roo's) the rest will be processed to the freezer... Thanks for the input!!!