Greetings all - First let me introduce myself as I just signed up for the list. My name is Elizabeth and my husband & I brought home two Australorps in April. We built our own chicken run, tractor -style. We are neither carpenters, nor particularly handy when it comes to building things. That said, we did build a tractor that is mostly square and pretty sound. You can see a slide show of our tractor building at: http://swissylover.com/georgeandrita/coopslideshow.shtml You'll need flash to view it. Here's one shot of the finished product: However, after our unusual amount of July rain, it has become evident that we should have put a pitched roof on the coop section. Water pools on the top and has already begun to warp the wood. I'm thinking that a slanted roof would be adequate (ie raise one side only so that the roof slopes to one side) and that perhaps if I get it built to paper and shingle it. But I have no idea where to begin in calculating the angles for such a project. Does anyone have a simple to-one-side pitched roof plan (for lack of a more accurate way to describe it) they could give me? Also, our chickens (George and Rita) really don't seem to want to spend the night - or any time at all, for that matter - in the coop. Should I lock them in it at night? My husband thinks that forcing them to stay in there will freak them out. Anyhow, they both seem happy & healthy and we're waiting on our first eggs. Right now they're in my neighbor's yard in an ex-pen foraging unwanted clover. Sorry to be long-winded, and thanks in advance for any advise.