I have been wanting a small fairly self-sufficient "farm" for some time now and chickens are meant to be a part of that idea. Right now, I am living with my parents and have been concentrating on getting info for my "farm" while I get the funds needed for such a task. My parents have very graciously agreed to let me get a few chickens so I can see if this is really what I want. This isn't set in stone, but my mother knows a man (a co-worker) who is culling part of his banty (mutt) flock and is willing to give my mom 13 birds free. I have done some research already about chickens (I've been studying this forum for some time now), but I planned on having large fowl and so did very little research on banty's. Here's the question: I don't have much room for a coop, so I'm wondering which of these set-up's would more appropriate: The pen is going to be about 6' x 18' with the birds able to get under the coop. I was going to build the coop 6'L x 3'W x 2'. I'm wondering, though, if a coop that is 5'L x 3'W would be easier to fit in the pen (the coop is being after the pen is built), or even 5'L x 4'W. I have to keep in mind that I am only 5'1" and having too wide of a coop is going to be harder to reach into and I'll be opening the front to clean the coop. I want something that is easier for me, but is comfortable for my (possible) birds, too. I know large fowl need lots of space, but these banty's are less than 2 lbs. each. I'm not sure how to handle the room issue. Any ideas, critiques? Sorry this is kind of long and maybe confusing. I'm a little confused myself right now.