OKay- I have a coop question. I think I know the answer to it but I wanted to get all of your respected opinions. My coop is a large converted dog house, ~5'x3'. I have an attached dog run that is 6'x8'. Right now I have 4 standards in it. So I have ~50ish sq ft of space (with coop and run) with roosts and ladders for upward movement. They go into the coop at night and to lay but spend the rest of the day in the run--no matter what the weather, so they are NEVER left in the coop more than overnight. They also free range in the evenings after I am home and weekend. If I do the math, a 50ish sq foot space allows me to have 12+ chickens in this space???? Really??? Assuming of course I allow 4sq ft/chicken. Now, I have bantam chickens coming and I am building a second run attached to this one that will be 12'X3', giving me about 36 sq ft. I will also attach a house for them. I have read that bantams only need 2sq ft/chicken. Does this mean I could put 18 chickens in here??? Of course, assuming the same conditions: free ranging and no coop confinement. I ask not because I am rushing off to do this, but because I want to know my limit. Do you have these kind of numbers for your chicks and are they happy? I want to be able to "feed my addiction" in the future so I want to know what I have to work with. As I said, they do free range at least a couple hours a day. I have had 6 in original pen at one time, and everyone seems happy. If I can figure out how, I will attach a picture.... Thanks everyone.