I just built an 8x8 coop and I'm going to get about 8 hens and a rooster...I have a roosting board(2x4) and it is 8 feet long. I have it set 3 feet high and the nest boxes 2 feet high. Will they use the roost instead of the boxes and is the roost long enough? Is that high enough. The boxes and roost are on opposite sides of the coop. One more question. I was wanting to get 8 different hens.(RIR, Buff and White Orpington, New Hampshire Red, Partridge Rock Bantam, etc. and a Partridge Rock Bantam rooster..all which are pets only) Will they all get along?