Hi. After seeing the Chicks in TSC this spring, DH and I started throwing around the idea of having chickens. DS was not as convinced, but he is coming around. We took a visit to an urban farm in Columbia, SC and visited with their chickens. He was sold on the idea after that. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on and lurking here. Well, the plan is: building a coop in the fall/winter (sure beats building in the 100+ temps it currently is) and ordering chicks to be delivered late April 2012. Coop design has been a little trying: We have an area of the yard that is long and narrow. We have a space 4ft wide by 30 ft. We are hoping to have a coop and run in this area. I want to make sure the coop is big enough and has everything they need. How long should the coop be for 6-8 Hens? I was thinking 8-10 ft. I am having a difficult time narrowing down the breeds I want. We are thinking 6-8 hens. DH is set on a polish and a silkie. He likes the fluffy ones. I think I have narrowed down to an EE, a Wyandotte, Salmon Faverolles, and a Cuckoo Maran. Any thoughts to this mix? Any suggestions for 2 more? Thanks for all the great info on this site. I know there will be lots more questions coming your way.