So I need some help. We built the Purina Coop (4x4 i think, off the ground about 2.5ft.?). Due to the area it is put in I'm having trouble getting everything fit in. The coop is in the side yard of our house so it is a narrow-ish area. It always seemed generous sized until we stuck a big square coop smack dab in there! We needed to leave room to get the lawn mower/wheelbarrow through in order to access the front yard so the coop is closer to the house than in the center of the area. Are you already confused??! The front (the taller end) of the coop is where I want to have the nest box. This faces North just for reference. Just one nest box since we are limited to 4 birds (well technically speaking 3 but who is really gonna read the code??! ). I'd like to fit a trap door, for grabbing the hanging water, next to the nest box. I think that is do-able since the nest box is 12 inches wide and the door need not be much bigger. The back of the coop (the low slope) has double doors the full width of the coop with the pop door/ramp in one side of the double doors. That works too I guess, though I'm 5' 10" and it is admittedly a bit uncomfortable to reach in and do much of anything. The east side of the coop is close to the house with not much room to access anything. That is where it starts to get tricky. This is where I *would* put a little access door for poop boards (the perch runs front to back along the east side of the coop). It's tricky to get in and out between the coop and the house, let alone thinking I'd want to be in there daily goofing round with a bucket and all. We wanted to put a window on the west side of the coop (nest boxes can't go here because they would jut out and be in the way of passing foot traffic/lawn/yard care equipment) and the window would be too close to the roosts. The whole ventilation vs cool breeze thing has me all worked up!! Ideally the roost would go on the west side of the coop with a little clean out door on that side. that leaves us with putting a window on the east side. As you can imagine it does not let much light in since it is snug up to the house. A window seems really important to me. We have generous amounts of snow and enough below freezing days and short days that the girls may choose to stay inside. I think offering some light would be nice. External nest box also seems important to me since I want to maximize floor space..... again...they may stay cooped in the winter and I realize we are kind of maxed out space wise for the number of chickens. We are doing DLM so a poop board seems like a good fit for us. Maybe I have to give this up? I've come up with some possible solutions but they all have faults..... Run the roost west/east along the back end of the coop with poop board under there. The trouble with this set up is lack of height at the back of the coop. Needing to navigate poop board, roosts and all to reach into the rest of the coop would be trouble. Maybe not enough room for the chickens to navigate the pop door? A narrow window could go on the west side near the front of the coop allowing for light and keeping the path of air not directly on the roost. Another possible solution is to run the roost north/south on the west side of the coop. A window on the North side of the coop, allows some light, but nothing like real sunshine. Issue with this is: pop door is under the roost. Poop board in the way of getting in and out. Give up external nest box and put roost on north side of coop running east/west. Window on the west side near the back of the coop to keep cold air flow off birds. This seems like the best option....but am I risking trouble with 4 birds being (potentially) cooped up winter months in a little less floor space? Give up the idea of a poop board and keep the current set up? After all that rambling here is a photo if you are a visual person! To ease your inevitable and correct (!!) concerns we have since added ventilation on the east/west sides near the top. I'd like to add something over the next box that can be open in summer closed/vented in winter. Your experience/knowledge would help me out! I don't want to over think this, but I also want it to be easy to care for the girls. ~L.