So, I've been lurking on the BYC for years and finally have something to post. This is my coop building thread, I'll be updating as we go along. I'll give some stats and just run with it from there. Location: Lorena, TX. Space to work with: If I had to guess, we have about an acre in the backyard that is shared between the chickens, our 3 dogs, and the garden. Coop Size: 8'6"x8'6" Run Size: Maybe 8'6"x16' or bigger if I can convince the SO to go that way. If I can put in an automatic coop door that can be relied upon to close every evening, we are considering electric poultry netting for a rotational "pasture" system. I am comfortable with electric because our three horses live in a nicely electrified pasture with mini paddocks that can be rotated. Type: Dirt Floor, Walk In Important features: Lots of ventilation and predator proofing. I'm sure there is more, I'll add some later.