We built our coop two years ago when I got my first chicks. I didn't use any plans, just thought of what I wanted and gave it a go. After reading this forum, I wish I'd done some thing differently, but we might be able to fix some of our problems. The coop itself is built right on the ground, no flooring at all. The coop is about 8 feet wide and it's 4 foot tall in the back and 6 feet tall in the front, with corrugated plastic for the roof. The walls are all made of plywood and 2x4s. Attached to the coop is a run that is 6 foot tall and 12 foot long and 8 foot wide. It is covered with poultry wire on all sides and top with a door at the end. The run is all dirt now since the chickens have been there for two years. On the outside it is painted a barn red and the plastic roof is white and all the 2x4's are painted white on the run. My problem is that when it rains, the run is pure mud. And in the spring when it *really* rains, the rain floods into the coop too and makes it all muddy. We are planning on putting a french drain behind the coop so the water that runs off the roof isn't going right behind the coop and then into it. And I'm seriously thinking of framing in a floor of plywood so that they are up off the ground. We've put pine shavings in the coop in the winter, but it just gets ground into the dirt and becomes a permanent part of the ground floor. I'm just not sure of how sanitary it is for the birds to be mucking around in the mud and dirt 24/7. They have a roost to sit on at night in the coop and some milk crates are in there too that they climb around on. I had some nice nesting boxes made for them, but they just layed the eggs on the ground and ignored the nests...that's why I put the milk crates in there on the ground, hoping to give them some place to maybe start nesting. I want to make their home nice and comfy....sigh. I have only three hens now and two pekin ducks in the coop/run...and a plastic kiddie pool in the run for the ducks. Any suggestions on how to make it better for the birds...I'm hoping to get some more chicks in the next couple of weeks and adding them to the flock when they are old enough.