I haven't built my coop yet. Still working on finances and whatnot. But I need some ideas from you all. I know you have some fabulous ones! I have plenty of land, almost 6 acres, but plenty of predators; coons, dogs, hawks, owls. I want to free range the hens as much as possible. Not interested in breeding. We have a 10x10 welded wire kennel we bought from TSC that we want to use. We want to have it under our carport. So imagine our carport in this picture, just with the kennel , wood (lots), a tractor and the kennel under here right now. The house is to the right. Those woods are all mine. This is a picture from the field below looking back up so give perspective of distance. Also it is a slight slope up to the house and shed. Eventually I will have a fence up to fence in an acre around the house, waiting on taxes. The land to the left of my house will be for a horse or two eventually. The land to the right is for dog training. In the woods we have a creek and a pond with beavers. We are cleaning out a lot of the underbrush and young trees that really block that part of my property. So anyways... back to the subject now that you have an idea of what I am working with. I do not want to cut any part of the kennel to use. But want to use the washer and drier I have just sitting here. They are the normal top loader xl compacity from kenmore built in '99. Husband has no problem cutting into the shed to have the roosting boxes in there. But the shed is concrete blocks so it gets VERY cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Also it is not insulated and drafty. We do have electricity running to the shed. But if I were to use it now it would take longer to build a coop. So.. ideas on how to use the washer and drier and the best way to set up the coop would really be appreciated! Oh, the carport faces the North so it doesn't get the most sunlight. Mornings are best.