After realizing that my skills in building are very limited and my husbands as well (and the time involved), I have half decided to convert one of our out buildings to the chicken coop. They are in there now, just not the entire floor space as they are only 3 weeks old. One concern I have is this may be a bit close to the house. The building as it stands is about 4 feet from our back deck and 20 feet from the back end of the house. We are also enclosing this back part of the deck for me to have a room to groom dogs in, so after it is finished about 4 - 6 feet from the back corner. The pen would run along side of the building away from the house. I think that it would offer some security for the chickens as well and getting electricity to it would be a breeze. Any thoughts are appreciated.