Hi! Being a newbie, I hate to rush in like this just firing off questions, but I have a mid-construction coop and a hubby with a long weekend off work who wants to get some work done. Animal crazy 8 yr. old daughter has decided she wants some chickens. Mom and Dad think some fresh eggs would be pretty nice. Soooo....Daddy started the "chicken condo" last weekend. But picky-retentive Mom still has some questions because she wants it to be "just so". 1. Coop is 8' x 12'. We do not have the run built yet, but we are on 80 acres with no close neighbors.....so size of the run isn't that much of an issue (besides money to build...LOL). 2. That being said, how many chickens would comfortably roost/lay in a coop that size. Haven't decided yet if we are going to go with just hens or have one rooster too. How large would you suggest a run? I would LOVE to eventually be able to let them out to free-range all around the barn area and in the pasture, but we have a couple of issues that may not allow that. (electric fence around horse pasture, couple of barn cats, predators, etc.) 3. The big question for the weekend is how many nest boxes to build. And how high should they be off the ground? I've read some here for about the last week and have decided to just use 2 x 4's with the 4" side up as roosts. Is that okay? This is all very hurried (because hubby is waiting for me up at the barn to come help) and I know I will have tons more questions later about specific breeds and such. Hope you guys don't mind. But today I have a man with lumber and a hammer in his hand and I just want to get some basic coop specs. Thanks SO much.