So Im currently settling into a new property. I live on 14 acres, on a mountain surrounded by over 600 acres. .Built a nice, large garden last year; started planting an orchard this year. .Wanted to build a chicken coop last year, didnt happen .. So the TIME HAS ARRIVED!! After much planning and $ (roughly 1k), I am the proud builder/owner of a decent size coop. .its 8x8x10. .i built 8 nesting boxes inside. . HOWEVER, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT RAISING CHICKENS - Except for what Ive read on here and other sources. . So here are some questions: 1) How many chickens would live comfortably in this coop 2) Should I let them roam in the yard, or should I build an enclosed run ( I already have the cages to do so) Now here are the important questions: Id like to buy chickens that are already laying, as I dont want to mess with raising them.. (for now) So should I get them all from the same place/person? Ive read a lot about disease issues etc.. Is this a VERY important precautionary measure? Please explain. . Also, if I want to keep the chickens till late fall, and then slaughter them for food, and then do it all over again next year, is there/could there be any chance of disease lingering in the coop? Sorry so long. Just so many questions for my new adventure!!!