DH surprised me with the news that he wasn't up to building me a coop, but that he'd buy me one instead. Of course that's the most overpriced route to go, but hey - I'm ready for my chickens! I'm so excited I can't barely stand myself (and neither can anyone else right now around me)!! I've included a picture of what the coop should look like exactly. It's 4x6 with 5 nest boxes and a good sized roost. So question #1: I want bantams but I don't know how many is a reasonable starting number for me. Originally I told myself I wanted 5 or 6 to start with, but now looking at this coop, I'm afraid 5 or 6 bantam bodies aren't going to keep them warm enough in the cold. I live in Virginia and the winters aren't usually too bad, but we always get at least one good snow and a couple mornings of teen temperatures. So what's the right answer here? Question #2: Is it OK to keep them enclosed for about a week before letting them free range? Despite many people telling me they'll come home, I'm nervous about losing my girls. Question #3: Is it OK to mix bantam breeds in one coop? Question #4: I work full time during the week... can anyone who works full time tell me how they arrange their schedule to take care of their chicken's needs? That's all I can think of at the moment. Sorry to hit you guys up with so many questions, but thanks for your help!!