I wanted to start a thread, so that I will have one spot to ask all the questions I'm going to have about building a coop and run. I'm hoping to get some chicks in the spring if I can make this happen on a budget. We don't have very much land and I don't think I'll be giving up any of the tiny bit of flat yard we have. I've got two boys and they need a little room to play. We currently have two small garden areas, the upper area we actually dug into the this side of the hill to make a small flat area. Where I'm thinking I could put chickens is up on this hill behind the house, but that aread has alot of little stumps of trees from when we cleared it a couple years back. Leveling it will prob be about impossible, so honestly I'm very unsure of how I'm going to do this run... Number of chickens I want is about 4, with a max of 6, standards not bantams. I was thinking maybe 4 to start, that way I'd have room for a little chicken math the next year if I wanted. I've seen some people on here recommend the Purina Mills coup design, which looks good, but I'm worrying it might be a little small, though it claims it can hold 8 full size or 12 bantams. Dimensions are 45" x 45". I'm not a very experinced builder, so I'd like a coop plan that I could just modify instead of trying to come up with something entirely on my own... I think I want to do the deep little method too, seems like a little less work, plus our little gardens really need some help, the top ones soil is horrible. I have to compost bin things on my wishlist! Does a coop have to be a bit deeper doing this method? I wouldn't want stuff coming out the chicken's door or filling up the nest boxes? I'm sure I'm gonna come up with more questions in about 30 seconds, lol!