So! My little babies are going to be coming in exactly 15 days () and I am making their new home, which I am unoffically calling the Coop D'ville until I come up with something more creative! I am converting my old tree house that my dad built for my brother and sister and I about 15 years ago. I wish I had gotten some pictures of it before we cut it down, but alas! It was originally 7'7" off the ground on stilts, which my dad cut using a chainsaw, a hydrolic jack, his faithful John Deere, and luck. It is by no means anywhere near finished! I am not too worried about looks since I live in a rural spot and no can see the coop. All the materials are over 25 years old (they were salvaged from my aunt's deck remodel). Here is the front. The small rectangle hole was where the slide use to be and is now going to be made larger into a people door. I also going to replace the lattice with hardware cloth since in CT we have A LOT of oppossum and coons. I also dug out a 6" deep rectangle for the run, which I first filled with about 4" of gravel, and the remaining 2" I am going to fill with pea gravel or 3/8" natural rounded stone. The run is 15' long and 8'6" wide, with a total of 127.5 square feet, and when the fence is up it will probably be around 6' tall. I am VERY worried about predators, especiallt foxes, so I am going to put a base board at least 12" in the ground around the run. Unfortunatley I am unable to afford large amounts of hardware cloth so I am using welded wire with poultry wire on the bottom edge of the outside. The poultry wire I have is approximately 3' tall. Do you think I should get pavers or cement blocks of some kind and put around the outside of the run to deter diggers? This is the north side which will open into the run with the pop door. There is a large pine tree right next to the run which will protect the run from too much wind. Do you think I should keep the window? It's a bit hard to see, the top is flush with the roof. The back. Again, the lattice will be replaced with hardware cloth. The south side. I had to climb a rock to take this picture so it's not the best! Haha. But you get the gist. On this side I am going to completely remove the lattice and cover with plywood. There is also an openning which is in the left side of the picture that was where the ladder was to get into the tree house which I am not sure what I am going to do with. I suppose more plywood? Suggestions? I am getting a total of eight chickens, and as I am well aware of chicken math, I have enough room to add some more feather butts. The coop is 8'6" long (front to back) and 8' wide (side to side) giving a total of 68 square feet. Overall I am very excited about the potential of the coop! Please leave me suggestions! Thanks for looking! UPDATE!!! Sorry it took so long to get pictures up, but the casa de galinas is making progress! It may not look like much, but I have been working hard on it. My chickie babies are coming today!!! Front: As you can see from the first picture the bar across is gone and I removed the lattice where the door is going to be. My dad is going to make the door out of some old pine boards he has left over. I am going to paint the lattice white and then put the hardware cloth on the back, just like I did with the back. This is just to show that we (my dad and I) lowered the house about 6" lower than it was before and put patio block underneath. This is the back side. It doesn't look that different but I painted it and also put hardware cloth on the inside of the lattice. This is the side where that huge piece of lattice was and where the opening to the ladder used to be. It is now closed in with 1/2" plywood. The lattice from the inside, with the hardware cloth I covered the openings at where the roof meets the walls with hardware cloth to keep out wild birds and other climbing type of nusiance. My chicks came in today! All 9 are happy and healthy (and extremely sleepy) and I am in love with them already! I will post again when more progress is made.