Appreciate all the suggestions!
Yes, the hardware cloth I intended to upgrade, but now I know we'll need to add a mesh skirt as well.(thanks, ej) Haven't called for pricing on the hardware cloth upgrade until I have all my questions lined up.
Good to know about the roosts too. I'll be sure to raise one up (or just add another one of a natural branch) and perhaps put a solid barricade on the outer wall just by the roost.
@Ridgerunner, I'm happy to hear any criticism -- that's what I am looking for! I did see your link on space earlier. I was thinking of just 3 or 4 hens. The roof slope seems slight, but we only get a max of 7" of rainfall per year. The inside height clearance was something I wanted to check too. I'm a couple inches shy of 6' so good reminder to check that. If needed, perhaps the center peak could be raised to take care of both overhead clearance and run-off. I wonder if we'll need to build ourselves after all...was hoping to not have to if we can keep the price reasonable.
Thank you for your considerations and suggestions.
@ ej, your coop and run look real solid! Wonderful job!
We were considering using a bubbler fountain for water -- it would be attached to a water leveler -- the idea being that the water would stay cooler (and fresh). We'll be mostly in triple digits from now until September, so moving water is the only cool water. It can also be made to have a little more surface water (where the pebbles aren't raised quite so high).
Any thoughts on the feasibility of this? Here is a photo example for an idea.
Other thoughts on the quails near chickens are welcome!