I'm tired of stinky chickens in the house. They are adorable and sweet and even sit on my lap and watch tv (or I watch tv and they think chicken thoughts), but they are stinky. And they are 8 weeks old and the feather dust is incredible. My DH is going back to school 4 nights a week, plus working a full-time job, so he's pretty exhausted. So I've been talking about building the silkies a coop for a while and today I actually went out and started doing it!!! I have never built stuff before, always left it to DH. (Luckily he has tools so I am not starting from scratch). I am making a coop addition to the hoop-house chicken tractor that he made for me this summer. The hoop part is 8' x 8' and half covered with a tarp. The coop part I am building is 4' x 8'. I have almost finished the floor - I debated on making it a hardware cloth floor, since I've heard it's better for the silkie's feet (for showing) - but it also gets down into the teens here in the winter and I would be worried that they would get too cold. I plan to make two big doors on the back side so I can clean and fill water and food, and a window above. There will be eave vents and also a vent at the peak across from the window, so there will be plenty of ventilation, but not drafts at the floor level. I was debating about making a door where the nest boxes will be but I didn't buy enough hinges. I will cover the windows and vents with hardware cloth, and if it gets really cold I'll get a piece of plexiglass to fit in the window. DH took a couple pictures of me and the "coop" which I will add to this thread later. It was so funny, we have free-range roosters and they were "helping" me while I worked. Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts about building for silkies? This coop is not going to be really high off the ground - maybe a foot or two. Do silkies even use roosts? Thanks!