I have sooo many questions, but I know I will get great answers from everyone here. My plan is to have a 6'x8' coop with an 8'x12' run with daily out of run free ranging. Will that be enough space for 7 chickens? And on that note two of the seven I get will be ready to lay and of the other 5 one will be a rooster. I want to do it this way because I was hoping it would be easier to integrate a young rooster into just two hens rather than integrating five or six pullets to an old rooster and an older hen. Does that sound like it would be easier or will it not matter. Also my time line is going to be first getting the chicks (including a rooster) and while they are growing build the coop, then get the two that will be close to laying. Will that be about the time the chicks are ready to go into the coop? Say they would be about 5 or 6 weeks old. Would they be close to their adult size so that they wouldn't be picked on? If not how old should they be before I attempt to integrate? Also if I were to wait until the chicks are of adult size, and then get the two ready to lay pullets could I just put them into the coop all at the same time and have it work because it would be new to all? I will be getting them all from the same place so I would assume it wouldn't be necessary to go through a quarantine period even though they would be brought home separately. Please correct any of my misconceptions. This will be my first ever attempt at this. I just remember as a kid at grammas having fresh eggs and am looking forward to maybe giving my grandkids that same experience.