This will actually be my second try at having chickens, the first was rather tragic. I went into the local feed store several years ago and just fell in Love with this darling little chick and the store owner gave it to me along with another to keep it company. I figured that if the pea fowl would live in harmony with us without a cage the chickens would as well. (after they had grown a bit of course) They did for several months. Then one morning I found only a bunch of feathers in the yard. The area was only dirt and there were no tracks of any kind so I figured it was an owl as it happened at night. I then took the other chicken to a person that had coops and raised several different kinds of chickens where it would be taken care of. Lesson learned, dont get an animal till you can take care of it properly. We are now going to build an 8 X 15 (regular stud wall height) building on a slab and put 3 rows of nesting boxes and a roost on each end and food and water in the middle. Would this be enough space for up to 50 chickens? I want to let them run free durring the day and close them up in the coop at night. If I let them out in the morning, and not feed them till evening (in the coop) will they go in without a fight? We are 6 people and would like to have a few eggs to sell as well so we thought we'd order 50 knowing that they will probably not all survive to adulthood and hoping that will be enough for 1 or 2 to want to sit and replace the ones we (or a varmit) eat. Comments and advice gladly accepted.