Hello all! My family and I are completely new to raising chickens, but I've been reading through three different books and asking local folk a ton of questions about all of this. We had a Tuffshed put up on our property for our future chickens. Here are the specs. Dimensions: 8'x12' (9' tall) Base: Raised 8" above the ground on top of a metal frame base. Base is resting on top of an asphalt pad. Internally: 4 Electrical Outlets, 1 light switch controling the 36" ceiling fan with three bulbs (180 watts max). Vents: 2 wall vents covered with screen to prevent bugs from coming in, placed high above door level on the north and south walls. 1 ceiling skylight/vent. Windows: (2) 2'x2' windows with sliding glass panes that latch/lock shut, but when open allow ventillation through screens. The windows are centered along the top part of the walls to the east and west. Misc: Floor and walls to be painted with epoxy normally used on garage floors to help repel moisture and to help with clean-up. Run:Currently 8'x12', but being expanded to 24'x36'. Pending: 6 custom wooden rear roll-out nest boxes, roosts and dropping pits. Question #1: Does anyone have some good guesses as to how many chickens max we could comfortably house? Question #2: What would be the ideal bedding for no to very minimal dust, maximum moisture absorbtion, fast compost time and good to use for the deep litter method? I did order a 50lb bag of food grade DE to help with this process. Question #3: Is there anything we're missing for in the coop that's not already listed? I think I've gone overboard, but I'm having a blast and the chickens aren't even here yet! My family thought it was hillarious when I explained I looked as though I was having seizures while using my new hand saw for the first time. Thanks!