I am building an Ark or A-frame style chicken coop. I have looked at so many different plans and taken bits that I liked from each one, but I have a question about the lay boxes for hens. Here is a couple photos of what I have so far. Not super fancy, but I made it much larger than most of the designs I have seen. Still not finished, need to head back to home depot soon as next paycheck comes in It stands 6 feet tall and then length stretches 8 feet. I wanted to make sure plenty of head room was available to the chickens and plenty of floor space if they had to stay locked in for a while. I plan on letting them free range the back yard everyday, but if bad weather or we need to leave the house I wanted something big enough and secure enough for them to be comfortable. Anyhow, I plan on making 2 lay boxes at each end of the upper level of the coop, that can be accessable via a hinged door. So the top level will be completely enclosed. I don't know if I should actually make a "box" or "cube" with plywood that the hen can get into and be completely enclosed. Like this: or will a 2x4 frame that the hen can sit in and lay an egg be enough. Like this: I would rather to the 2x4 frame, seems much easier for me. I want to make sure that the hens would like it though. Throw all your opinions at me please, I take constructive criticism well.