I have had chickens on 2 separate occasions in the last 5 years. Neither time did I have the very long due to poor planning on my part. I bought the chicks then quickly slapped together a coop, just to have it broken into and all my chickens killed. I finally wised up, I'm building a chicken coop now so I can get some in the spring. It will be 4x8 with a 16 foot run.