Although many of these posters are well-intentioned, I feel they're kinda clutter'n up me thread. So I made this thread for some of these off-topic discussions that got started in there. Quote:I can tell you two good reasons... 1) Decent animal husbandry 2) MY time, MY money, and MY $2.00 chicken If I'm not going to give my animals the 100% care/housing that they need then I'm not worthy to have any. IMHO WOW......I couldn't of said it any better. This is getting into the nebulous realm of generalizing. I'll see if I can't steer this back into something concrete. Chook-A-Holic certainly must have the experience and compassion to build enclosures the way they ought to be built. I have a question. I thought that the main advantage of a hoop coop was its portability. The expense of 1/2" hardware cloth might be justifiable for the front area there, but for the back area, if you are just gonna put a tarp over it most of the time, why not go with plywood and conventional roof? It seems that would cost less (at least in the long-run) and it would be at least as safe. I recognize my lack of experience in these areas, thus I will reserve judgment unless we establish some consensus among the experts.