I have been wanting to do this for years. After going over this board for all the right information many times over and after about 25 different coop designs, I think I have finally gotten it right. Any corrections would be greatly appreciated. I am going to build a 8 x 12 coop. The run will be a chicken moat around my 40 x 45 garden. My criteria is that I will have easy external access to the nest box and dropping boards because I will most likely be dressed for work weekday mornings when I take care of the maintenance. I need a small area for storage. And the biggest advice I have gotten on the boards is that there needs to plenty of ventilation. Here are the images I came up with: South West corner The two floor level openings on the right are for summer time ventilation. These will be closed up in cold weather. The soffits will be screened with hardware cloth and open all the time. I had to make a concession and have two chicken doors. One for access to the North leg of the Chicken Moat and one to the East leg. South West framing Northeast corner I did not draw in the people door, the cleanout door or the "dropping drawer" door. Northeast frame Top View Chicken Moat The yellow is the new coop. Red is an existing shed. Dark green is the Chicken Moat http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1988-05-01/Garden-Pest-Control.aspx . Light green is the garden and brown is the double access doors to the garden. I do not really have room to move the coop back 8 feet so that the front of the coop is on the outer wall of the moat. That's why I need two chicken doors. If you have any suggestions I would really appreciate the advice. I hope to start building on Labor Day weekend.