Hi all, We moved into our house a few years ago. The old owners had part of she shed converted into a chicken coop. It was pretty poorly done IMO. Lots of gaps in the roof eves, only 2 small roosting areas, and a really small run. So I've decided to re-vamp it. I have 8 baby chicks that are about 2 weeks old. I live in PA, so the weather is still much too cold for them to be outside, they are currently living in the basement. They are all dual purpose birds, so they'll be kinda big. The available coop area is 10 feet wide by 6 feet long by 8 feet tall. I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on what I should do. I got some lenoleum flooring to put down. I am going to try the deep litter method. Should I put anything on the walls? Right now it's just plywood and 2x4s. I've read horrror stories about insulation and rodents, so I'm not going that route. But I wasn't sure if I need to seal or paint anything. I also need to add hardware cloth to all of the eves at the top of the shed. I had to tear down a squirrel nest from inside the coop area the other day. Should I add anuother type of protection to keep critters out? I'm planning on burying hardware cloth all along the outside of my run. We have hawks, owls, foxes, raccoon, possums, and other country critters. I haven't ever hears any cyottes though. I've posted some photos of what I've got to work with and what I'm possobly thinking. How many roosts is too many? Should they be at different heights? How high should I make them off the ground? If I make them out of 2x4s, should the birds be able to rest on the 2" side or the 4" side? I'm planning on putting the nesting boxes under one of the roost poop boards, but how high should the boxes be off the ground? Thanks in advance!