Memories of grandparents have enticed me to start this project of raising chickens. During the depression era, my grandfather and sons raised chickens for eggs and food and also had a garden of vegetables for canning and jarring. Currently, it seems to be a way to bring grandchildren and family together during hard times and share some of the same memories that helped mold my character. What I remember most was the flavor of the chicken compared to todays mass marketing production and less flavorful poultry that is offered at your local grocery store. Sunday dinner at Nana Muldoons was the "best" with fried chicken, stewed tomatoes and garden fresh vegetables served as side dishes. I have family recipes that just dont do todays modern day chicken justice. The flavor just isnt as I remember. My female partner and companion owns 48 plus acres and a beautiful home in Manistee Michigan. Plenty of space for such a project. The summers are warm and the winters can be harsh and snowy. We would like to raise chickens seasonally for eggs and meat. Typically local farmers sell chicks in April. This gives us about 7 months of growth period in which to do this before winter sets in. And no, we dont plan on raising chicks over the winter months. Most of the coop plans I have looked at are for backyard pets and only designed for about 4 or 5 birds. We would like to have about 25 birds in all. I am leaning on 2 breeds of birds, Wyandottes and Rhode island reds. These seem to be good and healthy egg layers and meat birds? Their growth period seems compatible with the 7 month raising period before marketing. Maybe we can market more birds in this amount of time? No more than 25 or 30 birds at one time though. The coup size is important to me. Does each bird require its own roost and nesting place? That means 25 or so nesting bins? I think each bin should measure about 18 inches by 18 inches. Hoping that is the right length and width? I plan to make this coop about 16 feet long, but not sure how wide to make it. My bins will be fashioned off the back of the coop as shown in some photos to access eggs from the rear of the birds nesting. I assume this is why they do this so as not to get pecked? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Has anybody read this?