Hello to Everyone. I'll be honest I've been lurking and reading and laughing and lurking all the while coveting coops. Now that I have my own littles on the way I realize I am more confused than ever. I need help and all replies are appreciated. I have an area of 12' x 17' for the littles, five are coming. I could probably get an additional 5 x 5 area if I give up a raised garden. How big to build the coop. Length, width, vertical and stilted or not. In Indianapolis if in case it matters. I understand all of the 4/10 stuff but was wondering what everyone who actually has current possession of littles would do with this area. For a little more info one side is my house, two sides have a ten foot privacy fence, the last is open into the garden area and will have to be closed off to keep the littles out of the pool. Thank you all for your help. This is the area I'm working with. Hope the picture posted so you can see it. The yellow flowers are the yard line. I can if need be put the coop outside the line. I have ten coming, plan on keeping five of them the rest I hope to adopt out. Packing peanuts are being included. The peanuts are going to my aunts in the country after they are out of the brooder. Thanks for all suggestions.