I just moved and the place has a perfect shed/coop with a fenced in area. Ive got around 20 layers and random roosters around the yard. BUT, Im thinking about doing some meat chickens " freedom rangers" . Im going to take the fenced in area as soon as i can work the soil and plant a spring cover crop. Wait for a month and then order my meat chicks. I will keep them in this area as long as I can. The fenced area and coop are around 500 Sq feet. I hope the chickens will eat up my entire cover crop and be getting close to slaughter time before i need to mix them with my other flock by letting them out. Future plans for this area will be a vegggie garden. I am working on the soil for a few years by doing this and tilling and planting fall/ spring cover crops along with my meat birds. Any thoughts?