Well I get one of the DH projects... To build a Coop for Chickens my wife wants. (What does she want... as many and a large variety... Don't ask me all the types the we 'may' end up with at this time... I'm just the slave building it. ) I've been poking around the site some and have some questions about some design thoughts and wanted to see what others thought of it. We live near the border of Northern Utah, Southern Idaho. My worst fear is that when I finish she'll want it bigger and a bazillion more chickens. ---------- Area for coop and run right now 16'x45'. (She plans to let them out a few hours a day to run in the yard.) For the coop I'm thinking of a raised 16x10 building. 4-6' will be used for feed storage and supplies, so the chicken coop itself will end up with about a 10x10 area. After reading some of the other posts about cold weather I know I don't 'need' to insulate it, but I was considering it rather strongly so that a little light/heat would go a lot further on the cold of winter. Questions I have on the Coop: 1st: What will chickens do to Drywall? (As I suspect that they'll peck the insulation. I also want to make sure I close up the insulation to try and prevent Mice from making a home in the insulation.) 2nd: I see a lot of posts talking about laminate tile on the floor? Any issues using Gypecrete(sp)? (Think concrete, except a LOT lighter in weight.) I'm thinking this to allow easy cleaning of the floor. 3rd: I know this'll depend on the number of birds in the end, but how many nesting boxes should I look at putting in at the start? (I'm thinking of 6 of them at 16"x16" at this time.) 4th: Roosting space - I'm looking at several tiers of it, how high does the lowest one need to be off the floor? That's all I can think of here... On to the Run. Not a lot of questions at this time, but a few: 5th: How important is a good roof on this? (Have not had time to look at predators, but I know we have Skunks, Raccoons, Cats, Dogs, possibly Bobcats and Weasels/Ferrets in our rural area.) 6th: Anything I should take in to consideration for being in such a dry hot/cold climate for them? I appreciate any/all feed back and being new to this, I know I'll be learning a LOT as I go. Thank you for all the help, Jason.