This seems like a safe place to ask questions. If not, tell me where to go. (Well, no, not really) If I search for a topic, I get threads that are ancient. I just don't have time to read every single post to find out if my question is redundant. So, just ask away? I posted a few links to photos yesterday in the coop construction forum. Did I get no answers to my question because you guys don't want to tell me that I'm nuts? I was hoping for a bit of advice before I move forward with this. I could probably sell that van, and put $500 bucks in my pocket, but I think it will be awesome. Curious why someone else hasn't done something similar, and that concerns me. I also posted a question about how I should anticipate thinning out the flock come winter. Right now I have 10 asst. "heavy breeds" that I got at the local feed store. I have 20 new chicks coming next week. 15 straight run cochins, 3 Whiting Blue, and the mystery chick. I got the cochins because I love them. I heard the hens are very broody, and the roosters aren't that feisty. My plan is to keep 12 of the girls that are good layers, 3 hen cochins, and my favorite cochin rooster, going into the winter. Which leads me to my next question. Will I get babies? Will the female cochins be too heavy to sit on the nests? Sorry for rambling. The coop in the van idea is what I would love some input on. Also, if it's okay to start a new thread without reading through years of archives.