Hi, I've been reading on this website for a longtime (and dreaming) and now it's happened. Coop is in building mode right now and in a few weeks or so I plan on having 3-4 laying hens! Anyone have any suggestions/advice on the interior layout of a coop and what they would or wouldn't do. The footprint of my coop is 4x5 and about thirty inches off the ground (bad back, easier to clean - no stooping). On one end will be 3 nesting boxes with a flip down, latching side. In each one will be a plastic tub type tray with bedding for easy cleaning and access. On the other end is the pop door to an outside coop area that is completely enclosed. On the third wall will be a poop shelf under a roost, each removable for easier cleaning. Under the shelf will hang the feeder and possibly the waterer. This wall will have a big door that opens to the floor for easy access to coop/feeder/waterer and cleaning as I'm going to use the deep litter method. No real pictures to show yet but wondering if this sounds like a good setup? I've read of many people lining floor with linoleum? I've also read of some people using waterbased roof sealer? I live in cold and windy CT. Do I need to caulk and seal up every crevice? I have 3 windows and some vent holes that can all be opened safely. My last question - I'm planning on buying pullets. I have the name of a guy that seems to be a reputable breeder. Is there any way to tell a pullet from a hen that might be a bit past her prime? I could obviously be easily duped on this. So there is is! After 50 years I finally get my chickens! Never too late, right? It's just a number. At least that's what I tell myself some mornings. LOL!