I am thinking of getting a mixed flock of chickens, mostly for eggs to eat, but also for colored eggs to decorate and sell. I am not skilled at construction, but many pre-made coops seem very small and expensive. If I used the following set-up, how many birds do you think I could house? The flock I am considering would consist of Buff Orpingtons, EEs, a dark brown egg breed, and if I could get them, maybe a pair of partridge silkies. The dog kennel is 7 1/2'W x 13'L x 6'H. I would buy a cover for it, which is specifically designed for that kennel. The dog house is of the same dimensions that many of the pre-fab coops seem to be: 34-1/2"L x 34-1/2"D x 50"H. Could I convert this house to a chicken house? It has a hinged roof, so it should be easy to open and clean. I can buy prefab next boxes and roosts should be relatively easy for even me to install. I welcome any constructive thoughts, observations, suggestions, and comments.