Finally got the project finished! UPDATE I have had the hens since mid February, and they seem to be enjoying this coop and run design. I have had it tested by snow, monsoon rains, and hurricane like winds, and it has sailed through it all. The run stays nice and dry, thanks to the bottom splashboards, and they kept the snow from blowing into the run, and the wind is less on the birds. The clear plastic run roof, has worked out good as the birds get plenty of light, and are shaded by a large tree so they don't overheat on the sunny days. Predators to date seem to be foiled the hardware cloth, and having buried it around both the run and house, has prevented mice and rats as well. Plus it keeps the chickens from tunnelling out I never realised they could dig such big holes! Anyway, for any newbies to the forum, maybe you could borrow some ideas from my design. A run within a run! Example of buried hardware cloth around coop, and run. one foot deep. Milk box nests containing golf balls, so the birds can get the hint! Roost, ladder, and dropping board. The birds are a little camera shy still.