Hey everyone! New here, and have tons of questions. For my coop, we used an old building that was here when we bought the place. It's part of a larger barn, but the coop size is about 12 x 12. It has an outdoor run attached, which is about 24 x 10. It is a metal building, which concerns me regarding heat in the summer, because we have temps here that can reach 105 F. The coop is well ventilated, it has openings at the roof on two sides, and a door on the front that is covered with mesh. My husband will build a hinged cover for the door that can be closed when it's cold, and at night. It has a dirt floor, which is well compacted. Over the weekend we built nesting boxes (9), the boxes are 12" deep, 12" wide, and about 16" tall. We set them up on an old pallet that we cut in half, which will give the chickens a 'step' outside their boxes. The boxes are about 2 ft off the floor. For roosts, we wanted to use 2x4's, but I am not sure if these are too big. We don't have grass here. We have red dirt, and I am wondering if the chickens will do okay outside in their run without grass/plants. Free roaming is probably not an option at this point, as our 10 acres isn't fenced yet, and I have dogs. Do I need to plant something out there for them, or will they be happy scratching in the dirt? I've seen so many pictures of chickens roaming free in grassy fields, etc. I am getting my first chicks this weekend, so I have time to fix things in the coop, but just wanted to know if we are headed in the right direction with what we've done so far. Also, with a coop and run this size, how many chickens can I keep?