I am a newbie and just moved my three 7-week-old chicks into their new coop! I love looking out my back door and seeing them out there. I just wanted to share a few pictures to a) add to the wealth of information that helped me so much when I was coop-planning, and b) see if anyone has any advice or suggestions on how I can make it better. My big concern right now is where to keep the food and water. They're currently hanging under the coop itself, and we have their chick feeder and waterer inside the coop. I'm trying to decide if the food and water should be kept inside only or outside only. We live in northern Illinois so have hot summers and cold winters, which makes me think inside might be better. However, I'm not sure if that would cause a giant mess in the coop and/or attract rodents. The coop itself is pretty secure (double-wall with insulation, linoleum over the plywood floor, etc), but I know rodents are sneaky. Thoughts? Also planning on putting sand down inside the run... Coop and run Inside the coop... the nest boxes are built into the door that swings open for us to access the coop.