Hi everyone Im posting this with the knowledge of Nifty-Chicken, as I felt it appropriate to check in with him prior to doing so. I have a 4 x 6 x 2 tractor from www.coops4you.com. I have been talking to Greg and Cheryl from that company and they are trying to increase sales of their coops. We were discussing competing products and what changes (if any) might make their product more compelling to chicken lovers. They are seeking community input as to what you would like to see in terms of a portable coop, and what features of their product are desirable or otherwise. I suggested that they make this posting themselves, but am proceeding to do it myself on their behalf. I have the unit in the image below, equipped with the wheel option. And that would be Daisy, our ever-trusty chicken guard. She spends most of the day supervising the chicks and making certain they behave and don't get out of control. (She even went to the neighbor's door when one of her chickens had escaped, and got the neighbor to follow her to the runaway. Good Daisy!) As opposed to the photo on the home page of the site, the wheel option now includes a cross bar that connects horizontally between the handles on each side. Additional photos are at http://www.coops4you.com/photos.html (The home page photo needs to be replaced with an image that accurately reflects the current product assembly.) They have had their web site up for a while, and a few folks here on BYC have considered purchasing them. One BYC member who was looking for a tractor considered the coops4you product, and ended up purchasing the Henspa, a unit with many more features at about 4 times the price. As I participate in the BYC forum, I do see a lot of people clearly motivated by the cuteness factor of various units, and I cant agree more cute works. But it also has to be functional. Ive suggested to Greg and Cheryl that they need to consider esthetics in their product development and marketing. But I have insufficient experience with raising chickens to go much farther there. Thus this post How would you like to see the product improved, and what would make you want to purchase it? From personal experience with the unit, I can say that moving the unit around with the wheelbarrow style handles and wheel is pretty easy, but I look at the wheel assembly on the Henspa and am curious about how far above the ground the wheel is raised by that cable mechanism. Im thinking I would like to have just a touch more ground clearance when moving the tractor, but its not that critical the unit can be easily moved by one person. Also, these units are shipped in unpainted form. Greg tells me that he has the ability to dip them in stain but that would raise the price and significantly impacts shipping time because they need to dry before being packed for shipping. If they are still wet at all, they stick together and need to be touched up after assembly. That problem is accentuated during winter when it takes longer for the stain to set. However, I received mine a month ago and still have not taken the time to paint it. When I do so, it will likely be in a color scheme to match our home. I do have to say, however, that assembly could not be easier. Each unit is built using jigs to control hole-placement so that everything aligns perfectly, and the whole thing connects with screws. Equipped with a cordless screw gun, this thing goes together in 10-20 minutes. It is light enough to easily move, but heavy enough that it's going to take something like a bear to attack it. Domestic pets, or any other small animals trying to attack the sides are not going to have any luck - the assembled coop is very rigid. Im interested in your comments as to what you feel would be useful on the coops4you product, and what would trigger sales. And thanks to Nifty-Chicken for agreeing to this post. I appreciate it Rob. Disclaimer: When Sunny and I decided to get chickens, I posted to the local CraigsList seeking a coop. I received a response directing me to that web site and only later did I realize it was Cheryl referring me to her own web site. When I replied by e-mail to ask about the product, they discovered that I am a web developer, and asked if I would do some work for them in exchange for the coop. I accepted the offer and provided the web site updates they requested. With that said, I have no greater vested interest in their operation than I do with any client: I want all of my clients to be successful, but their success accrues to them, and not me, unless they happen to budget more work for their web site as a result. I hope everyone recognizes that I do not sit here in the forum and spam the posts with solicitations for the coops4you product. That would clearly be inappropriate and I wont do it. In fact, this is the first (and probably only) thread where I might associate myself with the product. My involvement with coops4you came only after we decided to get chickens my participation in this forum is that of a chicken enthusiast, not because I want to flog a product. And finally, given that there are such limited options in terms of US-made tractors, I think it would be great for the chicken enthusiast community as a whole if they were successful in refining their product to a point that it became popular and successful. Hope this helps clarify where Im coming from on this.