Okay day five of actually playing with lumber. This is going to be one ugly coop but probably way too late to finish to enter the contest. Laura thought I was nuts before. Now she's shaking her head at me, frequently. I don't understand why. I just build, then sketch, (it's hot out there), then build some more. That and as a gimp it's definitely a build at my own pace project. I've scavenged lumber and wood from all over the property. That wire stuff BITES!!! Talk about a hazard. Demolishing the existing walls was sort of fun but frightening. Whoever used that thing before didn't have even rudimentary construction skills. And lots of squealing and running from bugs... Icky. The smell I encountered inititially was mold and bad wood, and other ick. Getting rid of all the bad wood and junk soon yielded a much nicer work place. I put wire across an entire wall, so I'd get a lot of ventilation while I worked out exactly what I wanted to do, and since that side borders the back yard, the added bonus of keeping the dogs in the yard. They'll have two permanent runs. One outside our perimeter fence, and another into the back yard. They'll be free range most of the time but we decided on having the extra large run space in case we do have to confine them at some point. I made the next shelf /nest boxes extend out of the coop itself. Of all the coop features I've seen, that has always struck me as a really intelligent use of space and ease of handling. It's turned out 6x9 and 6 1/2 feet high, having the nests outside saves a lot of interior space. If it weren't for you all I'd surely still be staring at an old hog shed wondering if I'd ever get around to it. I can't begin to explain how helpful you've all been. Oh... question, the roosts will run on the left side of the coop. How far apart should the roost be from one another? Rocks and Jersey Giants will share the coop. Thanks for being here. Pictures eventually when it's not so messy.