I'm getting chickens in the spring... i've been reading all sorts of things and planning and researching, but there's a few things i'm a little muddled on. The house i'm looking at is .77 acre. There's a 15x27 barn that's as old as the house (1926). Needless to say, the barn has seen batter days. It has a concrete floor, a hay loft, and lots of cracks between the boards. I'd like to divide it up with some light fencing, because I want chickens and goats. I was thinking that I could put the chicken area at one end, and the goats at the other. Here's where the questions come in.. Do I need to cut a hole in the side of the barn to use as a pop hole? Can they use the existing door or is it too big? Do I need to put a coop in the barn, or can I mount nest boxes to the walls and have a whole area for them? Do the need a small space or would they be just as happy roosting all over the barn? There's an old fridge in the barn that i'm trying to think of a use for. I was thinking about taking off the door, and turning it into a coop type nesting box It'd be pretty easy to clean anyway.. opinions? Outdoors... do they need to be fenced in? I'd like to give them the majority of the land to roam on. I know for safetys sake they should be in a run, but i'm also thinking that they'd like to get out and scratch in the yard for a couple hours. How do you keep them in grass and bugs? Do you just build a really BIG run? What i'd ideally like to do is give them the run of the yard so they have more grass.. Drafts.. as I said, the barn has cracks all in the walls. There's no giant holes in the walls or anything, but it's not exactly airtight yanno? Do I need to put plywood on the walls? Will half-inch cracks all around make it too cold? I'm in Kentucky, so it MIGHT get into the teens in the winter, but it's usually in the 20s in the coldest parts. I guess i'm trying to figure out how I can avoid having them too fenced and restrained, and at the same time keep them safe. I want chickens! I want happy chickens with grass and bugs! Badhbh, chicken novice OOH, one more thing.. i'd rather have pullets, but i've been hearing that the ladies are happier with a man around. Is this true?