I’m new here but not new to chickens because we had a horse farm growing up and people used to drop off the Easter chicks once they started crowing. Had a few hens, too, but never needed to go out and look for chickens because they just showed up, whether we needed them or not. All free ranged and roosted in the barn at night. Eggs were laid wherever the hen chose. Still remember each and every one, and miss having them around. Now I live in the suburbs and have a great yard for 3-4 laying hens. Double that amount if I want to get crazy. We are actually renting some hens through a local program this month and it is going very, very well. This has inspired me to consider building my own coop and take the plunge. With 3 active kids I want to keep the footprint to a minimum so we’d add on to their playhouse. The playhouse itself is 8X10 with a 6 foot deck and elevated about 4 feet off the ground. My idea is to build a lean to/garden shed type coop and super predator proof the underside of the playhouse (over 100 sq. feet) so they have access to it all the time. The problem I keep running into is how to arrange 3 foot deep by 6-8 feet wide for the coop. I would like to have a lower level for nesting boxes and storage with separate “cabinet” doors for the top and bottom, with the top being a roosting area. This would mean the hens need to go down a ramp and back inside the same structure to lay an egg. Is that realistic?