So I know that the coop should be at least 4 square feet per chicken and the run 10 square feet per chicken, but I have some questions. So I live in town and I'm planning on getting 6-10 hens and possible a bantam rooster (if my husband is okay with the rooster), so I'm basically planning for 7 birds at the moment. 1.) Do nesting boxes count towards the square footage in a coop? I was thinking about doing a 4×6 coop with a 4×1 nesting box lineup. I wasn' sure if this coop could hold just the 6 hens or if the nesting boxes would give me the needed space for the rooster as well as I'm not sure if I'm getting one or not. 2.) How high off the ground should my coop be? I've seen anywhere between 2'-3' but I wasn't sure what was recommended most. 3.) So my chickens won't be able to free range unless I am outside with them as I don't trust my neighbours so I was curious I'd the 10 square foot per chicken was still the minimum for the run. 4.) To help maximize my space I was thinking of planting an herb garden atop of my chicken run, so I was curious what height my run should be and if I should just avoid this all together. 5.) So starting my flock I was thinking of getting Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and/or Black Austrolorps but I wasn't sure if these were beginner friendly birds. I see a lot of Sussex in my local farm supply stores so I wasn't sure if those would work better for me. 6.) How often should I add new chicks to my flock to maintain egg production? I was thinking about getting chicks every three years or so and build a second smaller coop attached to the same run 7.) In relations to the coops door should the nesting boxes be on a side wall instead of across?