I moved to a large area in Ohio and decided to raise chicken. There was an existing coop in the pole barn so I cleaned it up on bought 4 red 6 month old hens about march. Then I got 4 baby chicks. And not knowing any better I just stuck them all in together. After I realized that was not what I should have done, I stuck the 3 left babies in a kennel in the run with the 4 laying hens till they had grown a bit. After I let them loose something ate one of the babies. So now I have 5 hens (4 red ones and one game) and one game rooster. And have decided the coop in the pole barn isn't working. So am building a new coop. It will be 6 ft by 7 ft and probably 5 ft high. I have an enclosed run with solid sides and a much larger area with just chicken wire around it to keep the dogs from chasing the chickens. I am loving all the fresh eggs. I want to eventually have about 10 hens. But not sure if that will work. I am still trying to figure out how big a nesting box needs to be. But I am having fun. This City girl is loving her country home.