I've ordered my chicks but they won't show up until the 12th of next month. I have worked out a deal with a friend of a friend (who is already set up to brood chicks) to raise them until they are old enough to go into the coop and the tractor. Thanks to this site, I've narrowed my coop ideas down to what I'm wanting but I still have some questions. 1. For 15 Golden Comets, how much yard/space do they need outside of the coop? I live out in the county so I have ample space but I don't want to give them more than they need. 2. How much water do they need per day (even on super hot days)? 3. Where can I find instructions on how to make a gravity feeder with a float? 4. Would three laying boxes be enough for 14 pullets? 5. Does it matter if I make their yard in a field where it's wide open all around it or if I butt it up against the woods? It will be fenced in and it will be locked down at night, regardless. 6. When I get the chickens, they'll be approximately 6 weeks old. What feed do I need? 7. My family and I have dirt bikes/ 4 wheelers--we go fast and they're loud. Is this going to freak out the chickens and cause them not to lay eggs? 8. I'm thinking about putting the coop closer to my house than originally planned. The place I'm considering is rather grown over with weeds, etc. I'd have to brush hog it a couple of times. Will the briars and that sort of overgrowth matter once they're in there? I know these are a lot of questions but you all are the "eggsperts"! Thanks!