I was.just on another thread and decided to start this one. Please feel free to fire off. I love byc and will always be a member. But i wish i would have seen a thread like this one when i was new. I always hear the same question. How much space do i need per bird? What kind of roost? Etc..... I have to say that common sense goes a looooooooong way. I have a small 6x9 coop that i keep about 50 birds in. That's right 50! Why would i do that? Because i have 25 acres that they get free run of. I also open the door before day light. They all get along fine too. I clean my coop once a week with a spray hose. I built 6 nesting boxes but my girls use 2. Listening to your birds will get you further. Mine tell me all the time to change this or that. If you live in a cold climate, get a breed that can handle it better. Chickens do not need heaters. I have a friend that lives in Maine that does not provide heat. Something they do need is ventilation ventilation ventilation! If it stinks in their coop,its not healthy for them. With the predator issue. You know where you live! Everything loves chickens and their eggs! So keep em safe! Other than that, don't worry so much. Chickens are tuff. Just being a member of byc says you love em!