I'm finally ready to gather up pallets to make my first coop. I'm planning on using concrete blocks to raise it off of the ground just a bit, but the floor will be dirt. I'm considering using eight pallets for the floor and walls four-pallets high. I'm thinking I'll need to get a couple of 2x4's to lay across the top to support the eight pallets for the roof, or I may just get some metal roofing. I'm hoping that by using pallets, the coop will be ventilated naturally.
I cannot figure out how to make the nesting boxes. I thought about just going inside the coop to gather the eggs, but with so many nesting boxes outside of coops, I figure I need to ask first. Does going in the coop bother the chickens, or is it just a matter of convenience?
I live in SC and am considering putting straw bales outside of the coop in the winter to make it cozy, any suggestions?