I am doing the internal design on my 6x8 chicken coop and need to figure out how high to make the top roost. As in how close to the ceiling to make it. How much head room does a chicken need is my bottom line question. The shed is about 6"5 in height. If I can make it fit on one 8 foot wall I want to do nest boxes aka plastic bins with curtains at floor level,and 2 layers of roosts above. So visually think of it as closet with double clothing rods to hold shirts and bins beneath the rods at floor level. Now remove the clothing from the image in your head and add the birds. Bins on the floor for the nest boxes then 2 poles with shelves under them. I am trying to give them the most floor space possible and use the area in the most space aware way I can. I live in the pacific northwest and we have long gray rainy days, so I am trying to make their home as comfy and spacious as I can. I am getting 16 chicks in a couple weeks and want this all done before they get here. Hopefully I was able to paint a clear picture of what I am thinking. Still deciding on what to use between the roosts too. How mess are the hammocks? I hear about them and wonder how nasty cleaning is. Dusty airborne chicken poop when sweeping it off does not sound like the best to breath. I am trying to narrow down the options for under the night roost. Poop boards with vinyl to wipe off? Trays with wood chips? Trays with shredded paper and news paper? My husband is dead set that all the manure must be saved and go into compost or I would sweet PZT and scoop under the night roosts. The floor will be deep litter of livestock bedding wood chips from the TSC. I am painting the floor and walls with white Black Jack rubber roofing for easy clean up. Input? Thoughts? Ideas? I need all the help I can get and I have 4 little kids, so I want to make this low maintenance. They are not old enough to make them do this yet, so it is all me for now.