Ok, I don't tell short stories so hang in there for the back story first. I have had my 4 pullets (meh, one just turned out to be a roo) since mid november and already realise A. I need a bigger coop, and B. I want more chickens. Part B is easier to accomplish but needs part A first. I am no carpenter. Neither is hubby, so I have been researching everything from DIY coops to for-sale-used coops to jbadsaai (just-buy-a-darn-shed-and-alter-it) coops. Used sheds were, well, used. Scared me, might have chicken disease attached and they either are too small or impossible to transport from far away. jbadsaai meant saws and tools, nails, screws, windows, doors...and none met my sense of what was needed for eaves. I want large, deep eaves. Plus I want a dirt floor and most come with a floor. DIY...have I mentioned we have no carpentry skills? But here I am trying to psych myself up to believe that if I gather pallets I can build the coop of my dreams. I have specific requirements. Predator proof, doh. Aformentioned dirt floor, planning to use DLM. Walk-In height and door. Roosts that don't allow any chicken to become a poopcicle. My Repecca doesn't roost because of her pigeon toes. Heck, she cant even step off of a 2 inch high roost without stumbling. She needs to be able to nestle down in a bed like a nesting box or just on the floor. She also doesn't traverse the ramp well. Going down is more like sliding/falling/flapping. I want a ground floor pop door. Ok, so have a look at this thread for pictures of my current coop and run (10x10x6) (before some very minor adjustments like a higher roost n such). I believe pics might be about 7 posts down. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/sand-as-litter.1209365/#post-19225012 My plan has been to extend the run 20 feet to the right (when facing the fence door), and building the new coop to the left. This would require disconnecting both ends chain link panels, and the 1x2 wire covering, and the 1/2 inch hardware cloth covering, and the 2ft wide wire apron, AND disconnecting them from the wire roof. Then the new coop would be built and attached as would the chain link fence run extention. Then of course the newly extended run would be made the same way with all aforementioned wire coverings AS WELL AS the new coop. Did I mention I have predators? All this is stressing me to no end. Oh, did I mention I'm getting 2 more pullets on Monday? Trading in the rooster for 2 pullets so its only an increase of 1. But the roo will be hanging out for about 1-2 weeks till the new gals are settled so...increase of 2 for 2 weeks. So the part about wanting more chickens has only just begun to be realised. Stress. So, here's where either I'm a genius or an idiot comes in. As I stressed over how I want a wood coop but have only ever built my fence of fort knox run, and dreading having to build so much more of said fence plus protecting the wood coop itself, inspiration hit me. I already have the coop protection. Just turn the current run into the new large coop! First add on the extended run and its coverings. Then, inside the current run, attach wood boards to the inside on the back, left, and front (except for the door of course, gonna come up with a new door...I hope), and build a wood wall across the right side with the pop door I envision. Basically building a coop inside the current run. Add a slanted roof with ventalation, maybe a window or two...the current TS coop would stay where it is for introductions, injuries, time out, etc. I think since it will be inside the wall I might even give it it's own pop door to the run but with a smaller area wired off for outdoor introductions. SO....am I a genius for coming up with this, or am I an idiot because IT'S BEEN RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF ME ALL ALONG!!!! and I didn't see it! Seriously though, you carpenter/builder types, hints, instructions, ideas, whatever thoughts you have would be most welcome cuz...um.....hey, did I mention I'm no carpenter? Oh, and if I use a slant roof, high end right, low end left, considering it is 10x10, how high should each end be? How deep all 4 eaves? Suggestions for this? I'll stop now. Did I mention I don't tell short stories?