We got our 12 cute little Bantam Silkies only two weeks ago, and we are now looking at building a coop. We live in Broken Arrow Oklahoma, which has a hot climate with mild winters. The design I am thinking of has "windows" made with a wire mesh that has small 1/4 inch squares. The mesh will be on the front and the top of the sides. That should be good ventilation. We will just cut plywood squares that could cover up most of the mesh and put in a heat lamp for the winter. The coop will also be raised off of the ground by about 1.5 ft. The run will be a chicken wire cage with a hinged top. (after looking at some photos we might just bring it up to fence level) We will also either bury the wire mesh an inch under the run or make the floor of the run with the mesh and put in wood chips. The problems that we are having is with the coop flooring, size, and perching. Flooring------------ We are thinking of making the floor a pull out "tray" for easy cleaning. The tray would be a wood frame with that mesh for that mesh for flooring. I don't think that the mesh alone would be good because it would catch their poo and might be hard on their feet. However. the mesh is fine enough to hold the pine shavings and will "sift" the saw dust out of the shavings. Our hope is that we could just pull the floor out, turn it over, and hose it off. To keep it from being cold in the winter, there would be a wood drawer underneath the tray. We would just pull out the drawer and dump out the dust after putting in the shavings. Will the mesh still be bad for their feet even if it has shavings over it? Size------------------- The space for a Silkie is 4sq ft. outside; what space do they need inside? Perching---------- What diameter will we need for Silkies? How much space will each one need for perching; 6inch? Will we need enough perching for all of them or only some like the nest boxes? Do the perch poles need to be higher or as high as the nest boxes? They are basic questions, but I can't find the answers anywhere. Thank you everybody!