OK, I did a "MY COOP" page, but I decided I wanted something that would be more of an ongoing chicken keeping diary. So I'm starting a thread over here. It's been quite an adventure getting a coop ... originally I ordered a custom coop from a local builder who specializes in them. It was supposed to be delivered the last week of October. A couple months and waaaaay too much drama later, he totally flaked and left me in the lurch with a brooder full of 10-12 week old chicks! It was Christmas week and I was in a panic. After making more than a few calls (to a lot of businesses that were closed for the holidays), I ended up on the phone with the guys from THE CHICKEN GARDENER and they were horrified at my situation and gave me the last slot in their upcoming delivery to the Bay Area. They came through like CHAMPS! I have rather strange yard. At some point in the 1930s, the owner added a swimming pool. A homemade swimming pool. It's a small yard, and when I bought the house, there was a rickety deck built over the pool (that we dubbed Mansquito's Lair). There was almost no dirt in the whole yard. Just brick, cement, an that deathtrap of a deck, with a small maybe 3'x5' raised planter attached. I had the deck removed and the pool filled in and was left with a 10' x 25' bare patch of (very expensive) dirt: Bare Dirt Patch The orange corrugated metal is my "poodle guard"; hastily nailed up to keep the neighbor's stupid dog from walking along the top of the fence--which is 8' high on their side!!!!--and taunting my Mastiff; that was going to end BADLY for the poodle. Alternate view of the dirt patch. Original yard plan The original idea was for the custom coop to slot into the brick surround so it would only be vulnerable to raccoons on one side. Obviously that didn't work out ... the actual coop sits atop the brick on two sides and rests on redwood 4x4s (so, still only vulnerable on the front edge, and that one has 12" of hardware cloth under pavers). Before I realized I should turn the board over Correctly positioned (yes, that is a wall of evil morning glory): The coop going up Don't like the position of the roosts. They're going to get moved. Finished Coop, Day One Inside with bottom tray in place and bedding. At the moment I'm trying out rice hulls. We'll see how that goes ... I wanted to do DLM, but this coop won't accommodate that.