I'm getting ready to upgrade my coop as I have completely fallen in love with chickens and want more. Right now I have 9 crammed into a small coop (only at night, they free range during the day) with 2 nesting boxes--which isn't a problem as only 3 hens are old enough to lay. I'll try to post pictures of the coop I have and the plans for the new coop. Right now my coop has a "human door" that I leave open during the day for the hens to go in for food, water, to lay an egg, etc. My problem is I now have hundreds of sparrows eating all my chicken feed. I was feeding organic, but switched to regular since 1/2 of it is going to wild birds. Here in AZ we don't have bad weather often enough for a completely enclosed coop--it would be way too hot during the summer without A/C. My coop needs lots of ventilation and protection from rain storms and wind. All the coop designs on this site are wonderful--but too closed up and they all have runs (which I don't need). Sooo... How the heck do I keep the sparrows out of my new coop? We are going to have a small door for the chickens with the new coop, but the sparrows could still get into the coop through this door. I don't need a run, as the chickens free range all over my property and around the horse stalls. I've thought about a chicken wire "hallway" or "runway" on the outside of the coop that the hens would have to walk through to get "free". Although, I'm worried that this might confuse them when they want to go back into the coop--just the chicken wire walls sometimes confuses them in finding the door that I leave open. Thoughts?