Hello everyone, my name is Lee and I live up in NE Connecticut. I have been "researching" a bit as we have decided that we want to add some chickens to our home. My plan is to maybe have everything finished next year. I have limited time to work on the project myself, but my wife and our four children will be the main caretakers once I am done. My coop plan is still in the design phase, but what I plan to do at the moment is to have a 8x12 garden/tactor shed on the left, a 10'x10' run in the middle and an 8x8 coop on the right. This coop will be raised for some shade underneath with the fencing burried under the ground. I plan to burry some wire maybe 8" to 12" underneath the entire run. To gain access into the run will be through a door in the shed. The feed can be kept in the shed. The reason for this design is so I can relay on the two buildings for added strength in the fencing. I want to have a pull out floor box for cleaning and external nesting boxes with lift up roofs over them. Now a few things I have to work out are, given our winters, will hard board foam insulation be enough in the nest boxes to stay warm? Should I insulate the entire coop, or can the weather well enough if it's draft free. Electricty is noe "easy" where I will have the coop placed. I plan to run about 12-15 chickens with a mix of egg layers and meat chickens (I plan to winter maybe 12) I even found a fairly local place to process for $2.00 a head. I have no issues doing this myself, and may still down the road, but for now $2.00.... it's hard to beat! Sorry, this is getting so long... I just like to plan things out! Now if I winter the egg layers and introduce chicks in the spring (meat) I understand that I need to let them get used to the hens. With the external nest boxes, could I make one with removeable cneter partitions and a drop in "fence" screen placed in the front? If so, what would be the least number of nesting boxes I could get away durning this based on say 12 hens? Could I use a "temp" nest box maybe?? OK.. I will break here and rant more later..