Hi everyone, I'm new to posting but have been reading your posts for a long time! I need some advice/suggestions for building a chicken coop to house up to 20 chickens. This is a new farm (2 patient years in the making) with about 8 narrow acres of land with some hills and a few tree lines. I cannot wait to get started with chickens but my husband is a little concerned with their care given the fact that we are often away on the weekends during the summer. I can have my son-in-law or the neighbor check in on my birds when we are gone but I'd like to build their area so as to be as self sufficient as possible in case someone forgets to check on them. The current plan is to place the coop along the back side (South side) of my large fenced in garden (64x80 ft). What I thought we would do was build the coop with openings both east, into a long enclosed run with netting on the top that runs the length of the garden (64 ft) and also doors that open south into the "pasture" that we will enclose with electronet that we can move around to avoid overuse. We would normally keep the door into the enclosed area closed and only open that when we plan on being out of town. We could install an automatic door on the enclosed run side as well as automatic feeder and a waterer. I just wanted to know if this is not a good idea or if anyone had any suggestions. We have not built anything yet so now is the time to change our plans I also cannot decide on a dirt or a raised wooden floor. We are in middle TN so the winters are not terrible but it does get cold as well as HOT and we get a good amount of rain. So many things to think about and I don't want to make any expensive mistakes Thanks!!