I have only had chickens less than a year and thanks to this website of enablers, I am addicted!!! We started off with 4 hens, and a coop only big enough for 4 hens, 3' x 4'. (plus a FULLY enclosed and secure 10' x 40' run, that they have 24/7 access too.) Well needless to say, I wanted more chickens. So in March, I added 5 more chicks and a duckling to the equation. Therefore, I got my wonderful and ever so tolerant husband, to help me build a much bigger coop. This coop is 4' x 8', with complete 24/7 access to the fully enclosed and secure run. I ended up rehoming one of the chicks (turned out to be a mean roo) and now I have 8 chickens, and 1 duck, that all share the same coop. I wanted to add some more chickens in the spring, 5 - 8 chicks, and was wondering, how do most of you accomodate the ongoing additions? Do you just keep adding on to your existing coops?, do you build more coops? I know that many either cull or sell some of their chickens to make room, but I don't want to do that at this time. Also, if I were to take advantage of the original coop, which is 12 sq ft, plus the additional room I have in my larger coop, I would most likely have enough room for some possible additions come spring. I don't lock my chickens in the coop at night, because the run is SUPER DUPER secure. It is fully fence and framed on top, bottome and sides.(They have complete 24/7 access to it, so it is almost like an extension of their coop. Because of this,I actually follow the 10" of roost space per bird rule, and about 2sq feet per bird inside of the coop, more than I follow the 4 square footage per bird space.) I'm wondering how will, or would, the chickens divide themselves up so that there is (apx) the right amount of chickens in each coop? Will they possibly all try to cram in the same one, or will they seek out more room? Kind of silly questions, but I am really debating whether I want to take on the job of adding on to the existing coop. Thanks so much for any replies!