I had chickens many years ago that ran free in a fenced back yard. I've never had a coop or egg layers so I have lots of questions! Thanks in advance for the help. I want to get about 20-25 hens, 1-2 days old. I want them for the eggs, mainly but when they get too old to lay, I want to be able to use the meat. Is there any reason to have a rooster? If they are free range during the day, will they stay around the yard if they are penned up for a few weeks when I first get them? How big of a coop will I need for that many if they're only in the coop during inclement weather and at night? Does each hen need a separate laying box? Is one coop design better than another one?