Feels like we're perpetually in the planning stage. Life happens. Our hoop coop design has expanded to 24x8. That's 16 sq ft per hen, with a dozen hens. Should make for happy layers. I think we've got a design that'll withstand monsoon storms and predators, provide shade and sunshine. Working on the materials and cost list.
Designing a coop now in SketchUp Make 2017. I'll be building the coop with one other person. We want a 3D image we can both refer to and to determine costs. I am giving extra attention to security, ventilation, and accessibility without stooping and bending.
So far we are considering EE and leghorn hens, for hardiness and egg production.