now I am having second thoughts. I have been planning our new coop all winter long. I thought I wanted a 6x6 raised coop with and attached 10x6 run that would butt up against our 24x32 pen. I was going to close in the run in the winter so the chickens could be out there all winter. Now hubby says why don't I just build a 6x16 coop that butts up against the pen and they can just stay in the coop if the weather is bad and they don't want to be out. He bought a snow blower this winter and says he will be using it to clear out some areas in the pen come next winter. But I have this vision of a perfect little run that was accessible all winter long. But the thoughts of the bigger coop is very enticing as I would like to have about 2 dozen chickens. Our local code says that no permit is needed for buildings under 100 sq ft, so this would be ok. The only thing is I am afraid the cost will be substantially higher on something this size. I am so confused. I have one spot where this coop an go and it is about 7x17 ft so the space we have to work with is limited. Either way they will have access to the big pen, which is where they are all day now as their current coop is inside the pen. What would you do? This is going to be our forever coop as we are on a small 1/5 acre lot. I have to get it right and I have to have it done by the fall. I am not opposed to working on it all summer if need be, due to budgetary constraints. We will be taking a set amount of money each payday and buying whatever materials that will buy and will be building it that way. Do they really need a covered run if they have a large coop and a large pen to be in? I am also trying to talk hubby into building some sort of cover in part of the open pen for winter. I hate for them to be stuck indoors for too long, even if it is cold and wet. I thought the closed run would give them some options in bad weather, but then the coop would be very small. Ack!!! I don't know what to do now.