I PM'd Rob (Admin) with a suggestion of making a sticky topic at the top of the Coop & Run Design and Construction Section so users would reference "key elements" of building Coops & Runs. This would be a standard generic list of Do's and Don'ts in constructions and some "how to's" also including links to instructions. Not sure how we can build this table...other than have members post here suggestions and we review each of them and then if it is in agreement with the majority of the members, I'll post it in a second Topic that I'll continue to "re-edit" as more items are added. I'm hoping that we can have a large reference table so new Coop/Run builders can review the list and find some great helpful information before they get started. What do you all think? How's this for an outline: A. Coop Construction: a. Size vs Chickens: b. Site Location: - Wind - Sun - Drainage - Other c. Foundation: - Post - Ground - Concrete - Other d. Sub-floor: - Cost - Concerns - Height of sub-floor - Other e. Walls (includes doors and windows): - Construction of - Framing - Headers - - Materials to use - Purchased Wood Products - Non-purchased Items - Other - Insulation - Climate Zones - How can it improve your coop - Cost f. Roof : - Types of Materials - Construction tips - Other g. Ventilation: - Manual - Electric - Concerns - Climate Zones h. Paint/sealing: - Exterior - Interior - Other i. Food/water fixtures: - Items that can be purchased - Homemade Items j. Other items: I. Nesting boxes - Recommended standard size is 12" x 12" x 12" with a ratio of 1 box per ? (birds per box) II. Roost - Requirements - Materials III. Predator safe-guard hints: K. Tools for construction. B. Run Construction: a. Size vs Chickens: b. Ground: c. Post: d. Fencing: e. Cover: f. Predator safe-guard hints: I.