Hello hello! OK here's my question - I'm wanting to get chickens. I was initially planning on getting 5, but what with the mexico vegetable crop losses and just a general economic stability I am considering getting a few more and maybe a rooster. 10, MAX. I was planning on renovating an old doghouse that is 4 feet x 4 feet and has an angled roof that is 5.5 feet high in the front and 3.5 feet high in the back. So not as much floor space, but there is space to go UP. My hens will be totally free ranged. The yard is fenced securely enough and I'll be getting a chicken proof dog as well which ought to help. Our yard is an acre in size on a three acre parcel, and is fenced within the main property which is also fenced. Free ranging them will make a big difference in feed costs just because we live in a very kind of "rain foresty" area of Washington that is very shady and pretty moist and so we have tons of bugs all over the place. We also have about 15 fruit trees that I imagine will be dropping fruit (just moved here a few months ago). So I guess here is my question - given the fact that the hens will have about an acre to free range, would the 4x4 coop be enough for 8-10 chickens if I installed some kind of second floor or loft for them? Or would it be better to just build a small add-on? And if I do an add-on, could I just build a shelter that has 3 sides and a roof or can it be a roof with a draft guard around the bottom? I'll try to go get a picture so I can show you what I'm talking about. I have materials to build an add-on, just would rather not take the time since I also need to build a greenhouse and learn beekeeping this spring OH YEAH and put in my gardens, start my seeds, transplant, and all of this while (hopefully) expecting! I have a feeling that instead of raised beds I'll be growing in random piles of compost Just not enough time to do stuff. Good thing the ground is super fertile here... we just don't get hardly any sun.