I covered my nest boxes until chickies reach point of lay, so they don't start thinking they are for sleeping! See lower left of the pic. Here are my roosts with 4x6 joist hangers that I finally figured out after a lot of fiddling. The roosts are removable for easier cleaning...important to me...you can as easily add 2x4 for roosts, flat side up...seems to be the best way especially in cold climate...if you want to know anything about whitewashing, important for preventing lice and mites, just ask, as NOW would be the time to do that..
I can't add anything much to what @beautifulpirate said, she is pretty much right on about roosts and vents, super important! I will be adding ventilation this summer...last coop project! Or so I say now
What is your predator and run situation? That is pretty important in planning, IMHO...
Edited by mobius - 4/23/16 at 7:41am