My DH seems to think I spoil all our animals by providing way more than they need. Ok, I might be guilty of that but.... We have one coop now and I want to build another. This new one will be a divided coop with divided run so that we can run both hens and hens with a roo. (some of my customers do NOT want any chance of fertilized eggs so separate "flocks"). We are looking at 12 hens on one side and 12 hens plus a roo on the other. (with a third set of 12 hens in the old coop). The problem we are running into is I say "go big or go home" and he says I'm spoiling them. I insist I'm only spoiling myself. We have 80 acres so it isn't like we don't have the room. And it will be 98% built with salvaged/reclaimed/free materials. The old coop cost us $7 for hinges and is 8'x8' with an added on 8'x12' "feed shed". I want each side of the new coop to be 5'-8'x16'. He says 4'x8' is plenty big enough. Which is better or is there a middle ground that will work? Also, how many nest boxes per side (based on 12 hens each side)? I think one nest per every two hens. But is that over kill? I know our last 12 all shared 2 nests even though there were 8 nests in the coop. This is the design I want. He's ok with the width but we are debating the length. The middle section is for feed and storage. No chickens in the middle area.