This is my first flock and I'm faced with a small dilemma. I began construction on my coop in early spring and I'm putting the finishing touches on it now (I'll post pics when it's done). I wanted my chickens to be big enough to survive the winter by the time it rolled around so I picked up some chicks and put them in a brooder in the house while I built the coop. When they were ready to go outside and the coop and run were ready for them, out they went and I continued construction around them. All I have left to do is insulate the coop and we're ready for winter. My dilemma is this: I got thirteen chicks because I read that about half of them will turn out to be rooster and I should be prepared to lose some because that's what happens but I didn't lose any and only two are looking like roos. My coop is only 4x6 feet with two external nest boxes with two nest each. I can't keep the roosters because my neighbors won't appreciate it and I don't want fertile eggs anyway (this makes me sad because the roosters are very friendly). How many hens can live in a 4x6 coop with a 8x12 covered run? I let them out of the run for a few supervized hours a day and they are very well behaved and happy and always put themselves to bed (I count and lock them up every night). I'm a good chicken keeper and I don't want to over-crowd them but I also don't want to see them go (never thought I'd feel that way about a chicken!). They're only about eight weeks old and still pretty small but that won't last: 4 Barred Rocks, 3 Easter Eggers, 3 RI Reds, 1 (very pretty) brown and white mutt and 2 white mystery mutts (look like leghorns).