Well we don't have our chickens yet, but we have a 5' x 6' coop with six nesting boxes and working on building a fence. My husband and I are arguing over how big it should be. I want the area to be as big as possible to allow them to range more freely. He is concerned about the chickens taking over the yard. I have ordered 12 pullets. They are Rhode Island hybrids crossed with leghorns. They should arrive mid-September . I bought them at the local Feed store. I'm so excited. I decided on pullets, because I didn't want to hassle with brooding chicks. I also wanted to get enough of them so that I would not have to introduce new birds from different hatcheries and deal with messing up the hierarchy of the flock.