I have been lurking here for the past few weeks since spending the weekend at a Inn/farm in New Hampshire. The place was great and geared toward kids with my 2 & 4 year olds loving it. We got there friday and the kids were given egg baskets to decorate. The next morning they woke up, milked the cows & goats, fed the sheep & goats, petted the bunnies and gathered egges from the chickens in thier baskets. Since then they have wanted chickens...moreover Ive wanted chickens. Secretly Ive wanted them for a few years. Tonight I got in touch with a gentleman who is giving away a dog house that came with his home. According to him it stands 5 feet tall. I think it will be perfect for the 3-4 hens Im looking to get. I will probably add on a nesting addition and obviously a run for the girls. It has the vent, which is visible and also has a window on the other side which you cant see in the picture. Please tell me what you think. Should I elevate it off the ground so they can get under it or just put it up on some low blocks. Im figuring easy at first and go with the blocks. Here's the link. http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2722373470061526145gURiHw?vhost=good-times Did I mention its free!!! and I have 12 2x4's and 8 treated 4x4's to build the run with....all I need is 1/2 x 1/2 wire.