I am thinking about getting some egg laying chickens.

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only 3-6 to start. In zone 7B it gets quite cold during the winter. I am trying to build a coop, but am stuck on the size, Should it be large enough to walk into? how big must the intial size of the chicken run be? If i want the chickens to be very happy, with more than enough room, when they can not be complete free to roam around. how about the hieght and size or the wire fencing? I have chicken wire, which I have all ready have purchased 100'x5' feet and 100'x2' feet, but i have heard it to big, to prevent predetors from getting in. Also which would be healthier hybreds or heritage breeds?
Any takers?
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