What would you do?? My plans have been dashed for my chicken village. Originally, I was going to build a few (like four or so) 4 x 4 mini coops to house my trios of bantams, back on the east side of the house. However, hubby shot that idea down. He pointed out that we have no water or electricity to that side of the house & it would be kind of close quarters to the house. And it would be harder for Cash to guard the flock, if they are on opposite sides of the property. Sighs .and then he said that he doesnt mind me having more chickens, but no more coops! AAHHHH! Right now, I have ONE coop. Its an 8 x 8 with two huge runs. Its divided down the middle inside, as well as out in the runs. Currently, the ducks are on one side (but locked out of the coop) and my chicks (the older ones) and ducklings are on the other, with my very small flock of adult birds which I just got back on Sunday .the youngest birds are being brooded on the ducks side of the coop, locked in with two heat lamps of varying height.. The ducks, were building a shelter for. Were not sure where but it will be down near the coop. It probably wont even have a run, but it will just be a shelter which we can lock them in at night with roosts & some nest boxes . So heres my issue .hubby doesnt want a bunch of mini coops everywhere because he says it will look like a white trash chicken compound. LOL Maybe so but how else can I keep all of my breeds separate AND in the same general area of our property, without a bunch of mini coops? Or would there be a way to make them more eye-pleasing? Also, I've seen coop designs where there are shelving type units within a larger structure, with a series of ramps which go out to a single run & the birds have alternate "turn-out" time....so that's a possibility as well...like I said, I have a lot of vertical space within my coop...it's like 8' tall in there... My only other solution was to add onto the existing coop .its very slant-roofed so we could just do a mirror-image coop on the other side & then do runs in a semi-circle (sort of pin-wheeling out from the main coop). Which would make my coop 16 x 16. The breeds I have either in the bator, adults/chicks and eggs on the way are: 1. Light brahmas (standards) 1. Golden Laced cochins (standards) 2. Sultans (bantams) 3. Porcelain dUccles 4. Mottled Houdans 5. Sumatras (standards) 6. Salmon Faverolles (standards) 7. Salmon Faverolles (bantams) 8. Lemon Blue Splash Cochins Muscovies and turkeys! Which I still have Buff Orpingtons (three chicks) & Cream Brabanters (two eggs in the bator) So I basically either have to house all of the banties together (which Ill probably do for the winter, anyway) and all of the standards togetherOR do the mini coops OR add on to the existing coop I do have a lot of vertical space in the coop, as well but Im just not sure what to do hubby would be most pleased if I could prove I was making money on these birds. He is VERY frugal & sees them as nothing but money pits. I was just beginning to make money on the eggs when I lost my flock. Any ideas???