Ok, I know you guys want to answer basic newbie questions for the zillionth time, right? We have an available area in the yard that will accomodate a coop/run that is approximately 8'x5'. The plan is to do something like these two coops: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=3300-FF-EMTs_Coop https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=3812 So, obviously, the run would be 8'x5', and I was thinking that the suspended coop would be 4'x5', suspended about 3' off the ground. My FIRST question is, would 3 hens be sane/happy enough in that space? I know it exceeds the minimum requirements (40sf of run, 20sf of coop), but am I likely to have problems anyway? The hens most likely would spend all their time in the run/coop--we have a 4' fence around our yard, and I'd love for them to run around in there, but my understanding is that they could probably escape the 4' fence even with clipped wings--right? SECOND question--we plan to build it up against our brick garage--will that be ok? Here are some pics to clarify the setting: This shows our back yard, and the garage in question, and the garage in relation to our house. The coop would go to the left of that big bush, with one long side against the garage. (FYI, these pics are a couple years old, and don't show the fence.) Here is a dead-on shot of that wall of the garage (please excuse the junk and the dreariness--it was a "before" shot taken shortly after we moved in and began building the garden). All that concrete will be ripped out, and the compost bin will be moved elsewhere, but the bush stays. So, from the left of the bush to the end of the garage is about 8 feet. At that spot, the garage is 7' tall. All that grassy area to the left of the garage belongs to the neighbors. This is a more recent pic showing the 4' fence (and my industrious DH) The coop would be about 6" from the garage, and I plan on having ventilation on 4 sides--a window on the left side facing the neighbors, window and egg door facing away from the garage, vent and pop door on the right side, and a vent on the garage side. We would probably also leave ventilation under the eaves on both sides. We would access the run through a human door facing the house, and have the entire coop wall inside the run swing open for access to clean, feed, water, etc. Does this seem workable? I'd love to be able to clean, feed, and water without going into the run, but it seems to me that if we make the wall facing the house swing open, the hens would escape unless I somehow herded them out into the run and shut the pop door behind them before opening the wall, and that seems like more trouble than just going into the run. Right? And a practicality vs. aesthetics question--I want a nice, steep roof for appearance's sake, and I'd also like a 6' tall human door for functionality--but if I have say an 8/12 roof pitch with a 6' door on the front side, that will put the peak at about 8.5'ish, and will that look weird next to a 7' tall garage? Do you have any opinions, or other suggestions given the space constraints (and keeping in mind that DH is crafty, but not an expert carpenter)? Should I give up on the 6' door and make the whole thing shorter? Chickens are not specifically permitted in our city, but they're not forbidden, either. The neighbors are generally cool, but my goal is to build an attractive small structure that will cause as few complaints as possible. Ok, thanks for reading all the way through! Look forward to hearing your thoughts!