O.k. as far as I can tell this question hasn't come up and I am a newbie over in the pacificnorthwest crazed with trying to figure this coop thing out and reading so much of your fine advice my brain is getting adled :[/img] My constraints? A 1/2 acre of sloping land with various gardens so my original idea of a tractor is starting to lose strength as I imagine difficulty moving and stabilizing it. The other constraint is money oh yeah, and a complete lack of building skills:[/img] So then I started daydreaming....I took a cob wall building workshop last year and just loved the results and the process and was wondering about building a cob chicken coop. For those who don't know, cob buildings are made of clay soil/coarse sand and straw which is usally covered over with a clay/lime plaster. (so basically ummm... dirt cheap So maybe this is a very bad idea, for example maybe the hens would peck their house apart (it would take time though as walls would be about 8"thick and could be mudded over) or worse still maybe mites and other nasties would be able to live in the walls. So you out there with the wisdom please help me out with some advice. and thanks for it!