What are some MUST have's or some DO NOT's for a coop that you have learned through trial & error?? I bought a childs playhouse & plan to turn it in to my first coop. It looks like a miniature house with a peaked, shingled roof (my pic won't load!! GRR) It is a 6foot square & 6foot floor to peak. It has 2 windows (no glass just openings about 12 in X 10in), a little covered porch with railings & a split front door right in the middle. THe front of the coop with the porch will be INside the run. The back half & half of the sides will not. We live in Indiana and have 12 2.5 month old chicks who sleep in the garage in their temporary coop. I have read all we really need is 4 nest boxes? Sand on the floor? Vents? Where ? How many? Wont they get cold? Insulate the coop or not? raise the coop off the ground or not? how big should roost bars really be? and high high? I have seen roost bars that look like a ladder with different heights... do the chickens like this or would they like one long bar for everyone? can i put rope lights in the coop? will they eat/peck at it? I want to add flower boxes when the weather is nice with greenery/flowers chickens like to eat. Ill try to get my pics to load... Thanks for any help Theres just so much information, it gets confusing!!