Hi! I am new here, and just posted my introduction in the new members section. Hubby and I just moved into our first purchased home a month ago. We live on 8 1/2 mostly wooded acres. The previous owners of the house had chickens, and I am assuming they built the coop, since they bought the land and built the home. The coop is not in the best condition. It is attached to some sort of shed, which I believe it is the "slaughter" house, since there is metal splash guards on the walls where the table/counter top is. I know nothing about chicken coops, except for some obvious things, like needing to make it predator proof, and you need nesting boxes for the chickens to lay their eggs. Therefore, some of the questions I have may seem silly, and I apologize ahead of time. The coop is not secure. It is missing a door to the bottom three nesting boxes (I'm guessing that's what they are). The back side door is wide open, with no way to secure it closed. There is a lot of rotted or rotting wood. I've already removed some of the bad wood, and replaced what I could with materials I had on hand. I will need to get some particle board/plywood to replace the base of the bottom three nesting boxes, as well as the three vertical ones towards the back. I removed all the old "litter", since I don't know what condition their chickens were in, and because I found a LOT of mouse droppings all over the place. I want to start fresh, with no risk of contamination when it comes to my chickens. The "litter" was spread over vinyl flooring/linoleum. The linoleum was curled into tubes on the edges, and mice had made nests in them. Needless to say, I ripped out the linoleum and took it to the dump. Here are some questions. First, do I replace the linoleum that was covering the particle wood floor? If not, do I just get some new straw and layer it over the wood floor? I would think not, since the droppings will make the floor wet. But I need to know what I should put down, without costing a fortune. How about the nesting boxes? Each one had linoleum on top of the wood as well. Does it need ventilation? There is a pexiglass window at the top, but no way to open it. The only way they would get ventilation is if I leave the door open. With the "slaughter house", there are two windows that have screens so air can come in, and the door is a two-part door, so you can open just the top, just the bottom, or both together. Would this be a good place for the chicks when I get some? I'm sure I'll have more questions, but that's all I can think of regarding the coop right now. I am going to try to add some pics so you can use the images for reference. Thank you! INSIDE OF COOP BEFORE SIDE OF COOP BEFORE FRONT OF COOP AND "SLAUGHTER HOUSE" BEFORE REMOVING ROTTEN WOOD FROM BOTTOM AND TOP NESTING BOXES SECTION FINISHED REPLACING ROTTEN WOOD, EXCEPT FOR BOTTOM WHERE I NEED PLYWOOD OR PARTICLE BOARD INSIDE OF COOP AFTER REMOVING OLD LITTER AND LINOLEUM REMOVED BACK PANEL TO REMOVE ROTTEN PARTICLE BOARD FOR THREE VERTICAL NESTING BOXES INSIDE OF "SLAUGHTER HOUSE". THE LINOLEUM ON THE FLOOR IS THE SAME AS WHAT WAS IN THE COOP. INSIDE OF SLAUGHTER HOUSE...SEE THE LINOLEUM CURLED INTO TUBE? THAT'S WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN THE COOP. I HAVEN'T REMOVED THIS YET, AND WON'T TILL I SEE IF I CAN AFFORD TO REPLACE IT. WILL HAVE TO DISINFECT THIS PLACE, TOO. I ASSUME THIS WAS USED TO SLAUGHTER THE CHICKENS, SINCE THERE'S THE METAL SPLASH GUARDS ON THE WALL.