I start building today, even though the weather is windy/rainy/nasty. As soon as the wood order arrives, I start building the frame of the coop/run! I'm terrified! I've never done anything like this in my life! I've been researching for months, but every time I turn around there is another option staring me in the face. Oh well, no more dithering, I am starting today-the chicks need a home in a month (or less). The coop/run will be 13'L x 5'W x 6'H enclosed with hardware cloth (open air roof design) and have panels across the whole roof, and the coop will be built into the run, elevated 3' off the ground. I'm still deciding on the exact dimensions of the coop...you guys have too many good ideas! Now a question-is it better to have a tall but narrow coop, or a wider but shorter coop? I thought a coop that was longer would be better, since I could fit more roosts in at the same level. If I tried to build a taller coop but kept it narrower it seems like I would have all this vertical space but would it really be useful? One poster thought my first coop design would be too hard to maintain because the reach would be too far. I was thinking of doing a 5'L x 6'W x 3 'H with at least two full access doors. Is that just too hard to reach? Could I add another access door to the rear of the coop so I could reach it from 3 sides (4th will be the external nest box)? I'm limited because I've ordered wood, have a modified design ready to go (well, still more mods to come as I figure out what works) and don't have time right now to start all over. I'd like a full walk-in coop someday, but the elevated one seems like the best bet for now in the rainy NW. Thanks!