OK so it looks like Spring might arrive after all, the snow is only 1' above the picnic table now. Here is what I'm thinking. I have an old garden shed that has good framing, terrible siding and a leaking roof. Good news: it is 8'X8' so it has lots of room for 3 - 5 laying hens. It is about 60 feet from the house and I can see it from the kitchen. It looks like I maybe able to get power there, with difficulty but that's the way it is with our farm, lots of rock. Maybe a problem: Windows face east and it's quite shaded as it's tucked of the yard that has forest on the other side. It does get morning sun for 6-8 hours in the summer, less in winter. The floor is old brick - a bit uneven but tightly laid, would this be a difficulty? Would I have to remove the brick or could I just lay some vinyl flooring on top of the bricks? Or I could build from scratch near the garden, which is where I spend most of my time in the summer. It is 110' from the house and I wouldn't be able to see the coop because of a woodshed in the way. It is sunnier and could be oriented to the south. A longer walk in the winter but we have to go to the wood shed anyway. It is a more welcoming, brighter space. Also I won't be able to dig in the run fence 12" because of the rock, I was thinking that I'll dig as deep as I can and bend the wire outward, placing rocks on the perimeter of the run. Would that work? We have skunks, raccoons, fishers, weasels and coyotes. Money is a bit tight so I'd rather not make too many mistakes. I thank you for taking time to read this post and welcome any suggestions you may have. Thanks to all who posted the wonderful pictures of coops. I loved them.