Coop is 6' x 4'. 24 square feet. From what I've gathered on this forum and reading "Chickens for Dummies" 2 square feet per chicken is minimum. So in theory 12 chicks. Figure a lost rate of 1 or 2? I'm leaning towards Buff Orpingtons. Children are gone so I'm figure 2 or 3 dozen eggs a week So how does 8 sound? Plus a Rooster?