My house was built sometime around the 40s, though quite possibly before then, and because my grandparents used to keep and slaughter their own livestock, they also built a smokehouse right next to the main house. The majority of the smokehouse is just used for storage now, but I recently discovered one room that was empty save for just a few small items. I've decided to make this my hen house as it has tall, sturdy block walls, a bare sandy clay floor, and it's large and spacious with corner shelves for nesting boxes. I currently have 17 chicks, though 1 is a cornish x and 4 others may be as well. I really didn't want to have this many chickens; was hoping for 6-8 at the most with one being a roo, but my dad got a little overzealous and purchased 12 additional birds on top of my 5 I wanted to start with. So my question is: Does this look sufficient? I don't ever plan to have very many chickens, so I'm wondering what the experts (you all) think about this setup. I'm pretty sure I'm going to leave the rafters open to help with ventilation, but put some fine mesh up to keep critters out. Edit: I suppose I can't attach pictures. I don't have the option to anywhere on the page.