Good Morning All! We picked up our chicks this past weekend and they are happy as can be in the house right now. I was able to get my wife to buy into the idea of having chickens after a long talk. I was originally looking at 3, but then she said 5! So, here I am now with 5 baby chicks and approx. 4-6 weeks to get my chicken coop built out with a very interesting constraint. I have a small side yard off my back patio that is probably the most useless space in the world...except for chickens! It is 4'-8" wide x 28' long. I have a cinderblock wall on my property line side and the house on the other side. I was able to find these great "pens" available that are 4' wide x 6' long and I purchased 3 of them so I can facilitate that as my runs and they will be very secure from the tops and the sides. Now, the big issue is trying to figure out how to design/build my coop. Everything I have read says 4 sq ft of space per chicken, which puts me at 20 sq ft. I figured I could do a 7' x 3' chicken coop (exterior dim) and still have 1'-8" to squeeze by the coop to get into the run area to clean it or whatever... For the life of me though, I am trying to figure out the right design, but can't... I was thinking of a nesting box off the long end, but the inside, I can't figure out the best way... any help would be amazing... Take a look at the attached pic so you can see what I am working with. Ignore the backpressure valve in the ground as I will be moving that as part of this project. Oh, and if this helps, I live in Las Vegas and the direction this picture was taken is facing south.