OK so I have been reading through this forum for a few months and have learned a lot. Now I think our family is ready to take the plunge. Sorry if this is long winded for a first post but I want to give all my info so, If you are kind enough to respond, I can get the Best answers. I live in central NY so cold weather. I have the space Fenced in right now it is 8 ft Link chain aprox. 36ft x 26ft. What I want to do is keep 10-12 chickens(maybe a rooster too) to lay and some for meat. The scenario I have come up with is to get 20-25 silver laced wyandottes and 10-15 Cackle’s red broilers. I will have the coop on one side with the wyandottes and a roof shelter on the other. separate the two with welded wire fence until it is time (late June) then open it up. Then in Sept. thin the wyandottes down to 10-12 for the winter. The main questions I have are, Is this enough space for my idea, How big a coop do I need to build and How many nesting boxes will I need for 10-12 wyandottes. If I get like 3 roosters will that make them more vocal than 1, If I remove the 2 more vocal ones will the remaining one become more vocal. Anything else that might be helpfull would be appreciated. Oh yea suggestions for a hatchery would be great. I have been looking at Crackle hatchery the most but open to suggestions.