I've just about finished the coop. It is about 6 1/2 feet long by 4 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet hight on the sides. The roof is pitched and almost 6 feet at it's highest point. One end will open completely for cleaning out and the other end has the little door leading to the run. I will be getting 3 Australorp pullets. So my questions are... 1. how many nest boxes do they need? 2. do they (nest boxes) need to be raised off the floor? I was thinking of putting them on a shelf and having an opening in the wall behind to check for eggs. Also on the shelf will be some food and water. 3.If they go up off the floor I understand that the roost needs to be higher. Will they need a ramp to get up about 3 feet? My concern is that the coop is quite narrow and I'm thinking a ramp will be quite steep if it's opposite the nest boxes. Sorry if that is completely confusing.