I have read through a lot of threads and saw the minimum amount of space for a hen is 4 square feet. I am bad at math but will be making a pallet coop that is 4 feet by 4 feet on all sides, not including the nesting box and roof. This will be lifted by 2 feet poles and the outside run will be located on both sides. One will be about 6 feet high, 3 feet wide, 2 feet long ( this is this tall because I want a door to come in and clean) and the other side will be 4 feet high,6 feet long and 3 feet wide. I'm not really worried too much about the run since it will be on both sides as well as under the coop. My question is.... Is a square 4 by 4 feet coop the ideal size for 4 birds only? I am about to make plans to order the birds and have pallets and hardware cloth to make the coop but just want o make sure that I make it big enough. Some of these coops that I've seen in stores seem small but say they house 5-8 hens. I really wanted 5 chicks but I want to know about the size of the coop. The whole square feet thing is throwing me off. If I wanted 5 hens, will making it 5 feet high and 4 feet wide work? I'm confused and want them to have enough room. I am asking about the housing only. Please don't tell me about square footage and tell me width, length, and height in feet talk only. I appreciate the help!