I finally got DH's approval to use our existing garden shed for the chickens. Of course after bugging him for several months I was so exicted I ran to Lowes right away and put in linoleum flooring. It looks great, so the floor is done....now I'm stuck and need advice. I want to make this look like a cozy cottage (I know, I know ). I'm putting beadboard on the walls at least 4 feet high, but here's what I'm struggling with - right now the walls have exposed beams. I'd love to put beadboard 5 feet high all the way around. Then put in a chair rail and cubbies between the studs to use for picture frames, display, etc. (okay, so I need someplace to put my yard sale finds ) but will the chickens roost in the cubbies or a 4 inch shelf? They will be built about 5 foot high and will only be about 4 inches deep (as deep as the studs which are 2 x 4s). I'm want to put up wallpaper as a background in the cubbies. I'd like to have something smooth so their feathers won't stick and would be easily washable. (I saw a neighbors coop and she didn't finish the inside. I always noticed how there were feathers all over the walls (they were rough) and it looked kind of ...what's the word I'm looking for...disgusting? What do you think, should I nix the cubby idea?