I have been a lurker here at Backyard Chickens for a little over a year, just joined a few weeks ago. We have been kicking around the idea of getting chickens for a few years now and finally decided to take the plunge. We are in Central Illinois, so we get just about everything as far weather goes. Our backyard is roughly a half acre, entirely fenced in with a six foot high privacy fence. I plan on building a run off of the coop for when we want them locked up, otherwise they will have free range over most of the yard. We are probably going to go with the Silver Laced Wyandottes for their temperament and are planning on a flock of five to seven hens and one rooster.
Now to the coop. I picked up what will be the starting footprint of it at a moving sale last weekend for $10.
It measures 5ft wide X 7ft long X 8ft tall, this should give me 30 to 32 sqft of interior space. So my question is, how should I transform this into something useful and pleasing to the eye. I have ideas but would like some other input. Should I use the full height for the coop or elevate it and use the bottom under the coop for a partial run? I will plan on two nesting boxes with external access, at least two windows, an access door for entry/cleaning and vents at both ends at the upper roof line.
What would you do?