Hi all, Just looking for some advice on building my chicken coop. We've never had chickens before but Dad works in refitting and is confident in building structures etc. like coops!! Just wondering how much space would we need for 6 chickens area wise per chook? (3 ISAS, 3 Australorps all full sized). Also how much area per chicken is considered to be 'free ranged' ? I would like to build a coop AND run that is large enough so that they can walk up to their nesting boxes/beds and yet still have enough area ground floor wise in the run that we don't have to let them out/add on an extension run. What are people's views/experiences on putting mesh/chicken wire on the floor of the coop? I know the benefits are that of rats, snakes, dogs etc. prevention but is it crucial for any other reasons? Also my chickens struggle with their CRD which seems to be triggered easily on hotter days (I know most chickens would get a bit hot but mine do so dangerously!) so any hints on how to keep the boxes/perch sleeping area of the cooks at a steady temperature so that in summer they wont boil but they also wont freeze in winter? Tips for summer and tips for winter? How often do you clean out your coop? Do you have a grass bottom or put straw or sand or just leave it how it is? Also do the chickens need to be locked in (closed little door) to their nesting boxes and beds? Or can I just leave it open for them to go in and out as they choose? What are some of the most vital aspects of a chicken coop to get right? Sorry for so many questions but I'd like to be able to do this the best I can as it is for a school research project! We have had a look at buying chicken coops but cant really find one big enough for 6 that doesn't require an extra run and most don't have a large amount of space (I would like to give them large space to roam around!) Any other tips/hints for chicken coops would be helpful! Also I'd love to see some homemade coop photos if people would like to post!