Ill be building a coop soon for my first ever endeavor into the chicken world. I know nothing about chickens, at all. I live in a residential neighborhood, so having a rooster is out. I am mainly wanting to have up to six birds total, at any given time. I would like to be able to collect an occassional egg or two, but I think that I would get more out of them for their meat. From what Ive been reading on this forum, Cornish x chickens are the way to go for 'meat birds'. How large will my coop have to be including the run? I plan on building the coop and run as one unit. So with 6 chickens, what should the demesions be to house these little jokers comfortably? And, would it be to much to have 2 egg laying hens and 4 meat hens, or should I just stick with te meat hens for my first go at this? Say I just go with the 6 meat hens. What guidlines do I need to follow in order to ensure that the birds get everything that they will need in order to live their short lives comfortably and healthy? As I said, Im new to this, so I want this 'adventure' to be good for all of 'us'. At first I was thinking all you do was to build a coop, get the birds, put food and water out for them, and let it roll. Kind of 'Set It and Forget It' mentality, if you will. After reading a lot from this site.....I quickly found that that was the wrong mentality, or is it? I know some of y'all are probably laughing at me, but thats ok. Im kinda laughing at myself too. Thanks for all your help.