We currently have 5 chickens (about 3 months old) in an old custom-made wooden playhouse we've "converted" to a coop. We have a pen we place them in during the day but as of yet haven't renovated the coop much (besides adding roosts) so they are not connected and we have to go out and put them in the pen and then go out and gather them into the coop. It might help to note the breeds: (1 of each) Mille Fleur, Barred Rock, Red Star, Gold-Laced Wyandotte and Ameraucana (sp?) We want to raise the coop off the ground but not too far that they are afraid to go down the ramp. Since we have a Bantam, we want to make sure she's OK with the ramp height. What would you suggest? Would you suggest placing the nesting boxes off the ground or on the ground? I've seen both on here but wasn't sure of the advantages/disadvantages of each. Also - would you put them in now or wait until closer to egg-laying time (we've received mixed advice on this)? What size door would you install for the chickens to go into their pen? I've seen 12 x 14, 13 x 15, etc...I want to be sure it will easily fit out largest chicken and make them comfy... Thanks so much for all your advice - I love this site!!