I have been thinking and planning a large coop to house my current and future chickens and just started building it. I thought i'd start a thread in hopes that others can learn from my mistakes and to give opportunity for anybody to make suggestions. Please, feel free to speak your mind! So overall, my goals with this coop and run are to - house and secure 50+ chickens/roosters/broilers - Utilize some otherwise wasted space over some in-ground boulders in the garden - keep predators and potential disease-carriers from coming into contact with flock - have enough food and water available to chickens to last at least a week in my absence - have the option to divide into two sections for more flexibility with flock management and breeding - look nice as it will be right next to driveway and house area Some things i already know that i'm incorporating are - Coop elevated 2' over boulder - two 50-gallon water tanks with PVC/nipple watering system - Large windows on south side to allow maximum light and warmth in during winter - plenty of ventilation - 1/2" hardware cloth floor to allow droppings to fall through to ground - total of 10 nesting boxes - still figuring out how to set up a large feed reservoir that can provide a continual supply to chickens as well as stay clean and protected As i have already started, i have some progress pictures but first i'd like to draw up some pictures of the framing and general plans just to help with visualization purposes. I think the whole build will take me some time as it is quite large and, as i come up with more ideas, seems to continually be getting more complicated. I'll try my best to get good progress pictures but i tend to "get in the zone" and forget so i apologize ahead of time. Here we go!!