Hi, I am new to the world of raising chickens, and I have gotten a lot of helpful information from this site. I have a bunch of questions that I would like to put to all of you experienced chicken people. Any responses would be much appreciated. I am thinking of converting a garden shed into a coop. Here are my questions: 1. How much space do I need per chicken? I am seeing 4 sq feet, but then others are saying less space than that. 2. Can anyone give suggestions for the ideal roosting area? We are planning on building shelves, but don't know how high or how big they should be. 3. I have read that sunlight is important for egg production, so we are planning on putting a window in the coop. But, then have also read that roosting areas are best if they are dark. Any suggestions? 4. How much outdoor space do they need? We are planning on building a fenced-in area. Also, what do you use to cover the outside area from predators? I want these chickens to be happy. And the coop will be important for several months a year, as we are in NY state, which is cold and snowy in the winter. Thank you very much for taking the time to help get this new family project off to a good start!