I had chickens years ago, but not long enough to observe their level of intelligence. I am in the process now of gathering materials to build a coop in the spring and give it another shot and I had an idea for a design but wondering if chickens will be smart enough to thrive and be healthy if I implement the idea that's (right now) only in my head. What I was thinking is this: I will build a chicken run that will be short in height but long. The run will lead to a bigger enclosure. However, resting on top of the run will be several accessible chicken houses, each equipped with a few nesting boxes, a window, a door, a perch, etc. in the middle of the run, I'd like to build a larger "food hut". I'll equip this eating area with a (temperature controlled) watering system and chicken feed. But my question is... Will the chickens know where to gather for eating and drinking vs, where they can retreat for sleep/egg laying? My thinking behind this design is to be able to still design several little houses while not having to rig each with its own water heater and feeder Thanks for any opinions!