It all started when a guy at church said to me "I have too many chickens and need to sell some. You know anyone that would want to buy some mature hens?" After talking it over with the family for a week, I told him we would buy some if he could keep them for a few weeks till I got the coop built. I found this site (along with some others) and starting picking up ideas for coop designs. Of course I used the materials that I had laying around so that kinda designed the coop for me as well. First I read that you want 10-12 hens per rooster so I figured I better plan on housing at least 12. That gave me the idea to build a 6ft by 6ft hen house with a 6ft by 12ft run. So to help visualize my design I laid some old metal out in the area where I would build. The hen house would be to the left with the run to the right. Then I set some poles.