Im getting some chickens so need to build a coop. I have a bunch of wood I bought for this very purpose 3 years ago! I finally got it all out and am determined to actually build it now. Ive really started to think in detail about the design and have realised some of the things I bought will be tricky to work with. I goy fairly big timber sections of 3x2" and 2x2" and am a little stuck with how to do the joinery. People have recommended lag bolts, but laying them on top of each other to bolt will make all the junctions a rather odd shape which seems kind of impractical. Screwing them together seems kind of innappropriate for thick pieces like this. Im also rather confused about size. I only intend to get 3 birds. So looked up ready made coops for 4 or so birds, for inspiration and idea on the size. http://www.justcages.co.uk/products/steve-fisher-woodwork-fishlake-chicken-house I saw this which was recommend for 4-8 birds and was 1.2metres wide, and the coop section something like 0.7metres tall. I based my ideas on something like this but have not been confident enough in the sizes to get building. Ive never kept birds and dont know how much room they need to be comfortable. I visited a petting zoo which had chickens to get an idea, and noticed most of the chickens were small enough that they could sit on a roost without their heads hitting the ceiling. But noticed some of the cocks were so massive, that their heads would touch the ceiling while standing on the floor of the coop. It was a rainy day, and I noticed that the chickens actually like to shelter inside the coop. Something I hadnt considered, I thought they would only sleep indoors. i want to keep size to a minimum as Id like to move it around to different positions of small garden occassionally. But I noticed recommendations on websites like this were many multiples of the sizes I had in mind. Ive seen 3-4 square feet per bird suggested. This is so much more than I thought, and makes me think I dont have the means to keep chickens at all. Thats about three times bigger than what I had in mind. Im looking for some advice on compact chicken coops, basically as small as I can get them without distressing the birds. They will get to roam free in the garden during the day. Does anyone have pictures of small coops they have built? I would greatly appreciate some joinery ideas/techniques for for joining 3x2" pieces of wood to 2x2". I also have to decide whether to make the walls out of sterling board (already have lots of it), plywood (can buy but is expensive) or fence slats (cheap and best looking).