https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/spare-wood-and-spare-space-i-think-i-will-build-a-coop Here is a link to my first page with BYC. I haven't any chickens as yet, and have never had any. The link shows my progress in creating a coop. I have done this based on information I have gathered from BYC and other websites. I hope to house 6 rescue chickens, and although we have a couple of acres for that they could roam, I don't like the idea of letting them out without me being there, because we have foxes, badgers, stoats and hawks around the property. The coop is 8 feet by 4 feet and is 3 feet off the ground. What I want to know is, is the space underneath my coop big enough for the chickens to come down there ladder to during the day when I am not around. Also, should I just leave it dirt on the floor or should I use something else. I will of course be enclosing the base in 1/2" Welded Wire. Thanks In case you don't want to look at the progress of my coop, here is a picture of the last stage of progress that shows the size of the underneath.