Hi guys! Alright, I am ready to start building (well, designing) my first coop. I would like your insights on a few things if possible! I loved the "Hinkel Haus" made of recycled pallets from Sally Sunshine (here) so my design will be very similar to this one. I live in Quebec, so it gets cold and I will insulate the coop. I know it would be more practical to have the nesting boxes outside the coop, for ease of access, but that means I would need to insulate that part as well, and if you look at the design from Sally, it sits on a 4 by 8 plywood, so if I add outside nest boxes, they will either be hanging in the air, or I will need to have an extended floor... So, I thought of putting my nesting boxes indoors. I will make the roof a little higher so it's 5" high at the tallest (I am 5"6) so I think it will be relatively confortable for me. Also, I was reading on the heat versus the coops and I like the part about partitionning the coop, so the chicks can go in a smaller area and keep more of their heat, or go in the taller area if they are too warm. Would it be a good idea to have the nesting boxes near the roof of the coop and below, a space for the chicken? This way, when they are underneath the nesting boxes, their own heat will heat the smaller area and stay warmer. Their heat will also heat the bottom of the nesting boxes, making it (I assume) more comfy for the mamas up there. I made a (very) sketchy plan to explain what I mean. I will attach the nesting boxes high enough so they cannot go poop on top of the boxes.. it would look like this: And my second question.. knowing that the chicken will be outside less often in the winter and spend more time indoors, how many chicks can it hold? As I said, the floor is 8X4 and the roof is 4 to 5 feet high. Nesting boxes take some of the space away.. I was thinking 4 or 5 chicks. Is it too much? Thanks a lot for your help.. can't wait to have my own chickens, I am SURE I will have a prefered one that I will bring in my house from time to time lol. I remember a rooster I had when I was a teen, it could sit on us when we watched a movie and would like to be pet all along He was so nice!