First post and as you can tell from the user name.... I'm a newbie in Texas . We have wanted chickens for some time now and have decided the time has come... or at least is very close. We have a covered 10x16 carport type area that we are going to predator proof for an "all the time" coop/run area. Off of this we are going to use covered dog kennel panels for a daytime run approximately 10x12. We wanted to give them the safe carport because once a month or so we go out of town for the weekend to visit the in-laws, so they needed some space rather than being cooped up for a weekend. Their coop area + the daytime run will be a total 10x28. As for an actual coop I have been looking at this http://www.oklahomahistory.net/chickencoop.html very closely and I think I'm going to go with this idea. I will leave some space at the top open (with hardware cloth of course) as well as one panel in the front all wire for ventilation. Actual coop area will be 4x12. Being in Texas, winter isn't really a concern. Also plan on adding two additional nest boxes and plenty of perches. I'm attaching a few pictures of the area we are going to use. Vision all the planters/bike etc out of the way of course, lol. We would like to have 6-8 hens. What do you guys think, should this be sufficient?