I'm totally excited to have just placed my order for my first 5 chicks (welsummers), to arrive the end of April. I've been lurking here since before I had a property where I could have chickens, and am thrilled to be a part of this! The plan is to start with 5 chickens, and add 2-3 a year to keep lots of eggs coming. Anyway, on to my design. I have a shed (well, two, really, that are joined together), and I'm trying to decide on the best layout. We're in the middle of a snow storm, so I couldn't get good pictures tonight... The shed is about 5 by 17 feet- it's a 5x7 and a 5x10 foot shed stuck together (the wall is already down in between, mostly) and each has its own roof 7 feet tall. The run will come off of the 5ft end off of the larger shed end, size to be determined but as large as I can afford fencing for, lots of space. The sheds are on a concrete pad. The door goes into the larger shed along the 17 ft stretch; the smaller shed has a large window on that side (south facing). So, my questions. Would it make sense to have roosts in the smaller section, complete insulate and draft proof it, except for roof/gable vents, then put food, water, nest boxes in the larger section? Or the other way? How high should I put the roosts? Or should I configure it a different way entirely? I'm open to any ideas/suggestions!